Wooohoo !! – I’ve finished my January’s Take It Further challenge. Or at least, I have finished ONE of them. I plan to make another one, as identical to this one as I can get it, and I shall keep one and give the other to my friend, F, who is the person I admire and who inspired this block.
I will of course, explain the symbolism in it to her: The main feature is the owl to represent her immense wisdom. The heart symbolises her loving and caring nature towards others, and the cross in the top left is for both her nursing career, and her faith. The 3 “steps” of beads in the top left represent the 12steps she lives everyday, and which have kept her free of her “demons” for more than 20 years without a single slip. The seam treatment of running stitches, going straight through the “obstacles” in the form of pink oblongs and pearl beads, represents the way she faces and handles problems and roadblocks in her life, and the seam treatment of the row of pearl beads consistently placed along the braid stands for the consistency she displays in her recovery and her life. The roses in the top right are for the roses she planted in memory of her beloved Oliver.
This is actually not the block that I first showed in my preparatory work for this challenge. The colours in that one were simply not F’s colours, so I started over, and I am much happier with it.