and here's the original:
I attempted to match the colors in the rocks (except for the white thing at the right) as accurately as possible. Given that I didn't have the right colors, I used some of the thread-mixing techniques from earlier steps in the course, for example mixing two colors in the needle, using one color underneath and a different one on top, etc.
How I could have done it differently:
I could have used other stitches. I also thought about how I could have added even more of the points that came out in the rubbing, or at least used different colors/threads to bring out more the ones I did include. Some of the points I included were washed out because I didn't use colors or threads that were distinct enough from the background. However, I was pleased at how the rock in the center turned out. I used white, grey, and a kind of beige-brown yarns as the base color for the rice stitch, and a variegated beige for the top stitches for the rice stitches, and think that the changes in color in the rock were fairly well represented in this section.
The white section at the top right was one I had begun (and threw out) for the "Stitchery from Rubbing" step earlier. I went over it with the lighter colored variegated yarn, but just enough to give it some color and texture. Just to the left is a section in which I used beige thread and pulled the stitches together, creating an open space of dark (on the black background). I kept thinking that it's okay to fill in every single space on the canvas, but isn't it equally important where there isn't anything? I'd like to experiment more with that at some point.
The grey section of Zs (Ns?) at the top was just taking a theme I (imagined I) saw - a squiggle - and using that impression, filled in that rock that way.
Things I learned during this section of the course are:
1) Smaller stitches take a lot longer than big ones.
2) The project itself takes a lot longer than what you think it will when you start out.
3) There is no Command-Z key in this kind of work. If you make a mistake or want to correct something, you have to do it by hand, undoing one stitch at a time (or snipping carefully with scissors ;-)
4) It's fun.
5) It's really fun to look at it once you're finished and can uncross your eyes.
The most difficult part of this has been letting go of "there's a right way to do this." I'm accustomed to writing research papers, not using my hands to develop creativity, which is precisely the reason why I signed up for this. So, it's an ongoing process of discovery.
One more Resolved Sample to go!