Working the edge. Just had a rare relaxing and productive weekend and I am loving all the craziness going on in the garden with this supper early warm spring weather.
This piece is going to be billowy, wrinkly and puckery in areas and though that was not intentional, I am really looking forward to working with that aspect of it.
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The stitching started with these pale blue line, which was the immediate intuitive impulse to start with and it was a full day later before I recognized the lines as trees, which is fitting as I am intending to emphasize the cathedral like quality of the right panel. Many years ago hiking up a mountain stream in Dolly Sods Wilderness I experienced and recognized the tree canopy flanking the stream, soaring up and filtering the light as the inspiration for imagining and building cathedrals. Lately it seams I have traded in exploring the wilderness for exploring the garden, I feel incredibly fortunate for both experiences.
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Started working on this piece, 2 of 6, last night. Looking at the photo this morning, I’d like to reshoot, but it no longer exists as I jumped right in and got quiet a bit of direction defining stitching done last night. I had had a few ideas in my head about the direction of where this might go and how it might relate to 1 of 6 in the progression of the series, but as soon as I got it stretched and mounted I saw something very different with a very strong sense of mood (cloaked in subtly) and where the action/ subject was and spent zero time second quessing. Action stitching. Haha. I love fearlessly hurling into the unknown on canvas it makes me so happy.
My hand made pot holders are washer /dryer safe. Use cold-water setting, particularly with the indigo and hand dyed fabric. After the first few washings addition fraying may occur. Gently pull stray threads and cut (not too short) to the length of the rest of the fray. Iron if desired on cotton or linen setting.
Spot clean, or wash by hand with cool water and mild soap. Hang dry. Iron, if desired.
All fabrics have been machine-washed and machine dried before construction, I am recommending hand washing and hang drying for the care of the vintage button/s.
The pleasure of making useful things
I have been making Art for a long time now, to think about and to emotionally respond to and to hang on the wall. Twenty years ago, as a young painter I was hand sewing baby clothes for my daughter, then embroidering them and then got the idea of embroidery as Art medium. I had been hand sewing in the first place because I hated my sewing machine. Recently, I had the happy misfortune of that machine breaking, and replaced it with a nice one. I have become enamored with machine sewing again. I am in no way abandoning my love of hand embroidery or making Art, it's just a nice break to work fast and make useful things that are all about how they physically feel and function in the world.