Thursday, January 28, 2010
New Way of Working
For the last couple of weeks I have been working on a lot of different things...setting up a new studio, starting another challenge piece and working on some pieces of slow cloth. Working on slow cloth is new to me. I've never thought of myself as a hand stitcher although I love the look of it. This month I decided that I needed to try a new way of working, and I have to admit the pace of making with hand stitch is very soothing. I started out with some small squares of denim and embroidery thread but found the stitching a bit tough even with a chenille needle. So I moved over to a square of muslin, no batting just two layers of fabric and played a bit with silk floss, something I'd never used before. I love the way the stitch distorts the fabric and gives it texture. Shisha was another thing I've always loved and wanted to try so I've been experimenting with that as well. But something larger is in process and I'll have to show it later when it's a little farther along.