Sunspots #1 is small, embroidered on a piece of cotton dyed with madder. I was happy enough with the process and the piece that I made Sunspots #2:
And #3, which includes some antique tatted lace edging and medallions:
Sunspots #4 is more intricate, but the fabric is less brilliant. There is knitted yarn here in the upper left corner, and the big loop is a beautiful deep and complex fat yarn with some beading. It measures 37.5" x 21.5".
Now I'm working on #5, which I'll take with me on the trip for quiet times. It's the last bit of that particular piece of cloth, but I have some other pieces dyed at the same time so the series can continue.
Of course, we don't know much about what the surface of the sun really looks like. Telescopes and cameras burn up if they get too close. I seem to remember a science fiction story (by David Brin?) that hypothesized living gaseous creatures as part of that surface. I guess my imagination has as much validity as anybody's at this point. Love the flamelike structures on #4, anyway.
If I get tired of Sunspots, I can return to a challenging pair of hangings with a background of sequined fabric. Rick Wells, the photographer, is going to hate these pieces; controlling shiny metallics is very difficult. The substrate is a yard sale dress of black polyester, totally covered in plastic sequins mottled in black, green and reds. We shall see how it progresses.