For a while I have been thinking to abandon the project because is such a big and long work... but I couldn't, I like it too much ! a real pity not ending it, one day I know, but want to think to time as a secondary thing.
When I planned this work at the beginning, I decided to stitch also the parts that on the original embroidery where only painted but now I'm looking at the piece with different eyes and realized that painted parts will give "a breath" to the mass of stitching and also to my fingers :) Also I love painting and the mix has intrigued me a lot !
I wanted a watercolour effect, something that reminds a good preparatory pattern but how and with what medium ?
The original was painted using silk fabric colours and I have been looking for them but shades available where not good also if mixing different colours, so I decided to go using a transparent fabric paint medium ( Setacolor Lightening Medium by Pebeo) mixed with normal watercolour paints...it worked beautifully ! It was possible to make shades and different overlay of colour just like one does with watercolour on paper but here on fabric but ....no errors are allowed.
Here you can see the main branches and one of the big flowers, photos taken in the evening with a bad light...