2houses - 4 x 4 inches, DMC cottons and Mulberry silks on linen
After yesterday's rain (which was actually quite refreshing) the sun is shining and its the perfect opportunity to take photos of my latest works. Having recently returned to 'stitching' after a long hiatus, I've embarked on a rather ambitious project . . . creating 52+ small pieces by the end of the year. Why? Because I love to embroider . . .
western afternoon sun lighting up my ironing area, creates the perfect photo booth
At age 8, spying the lovely skeins of floss at the fabric store, I was hooked. I appreciated (and still do) the order - each color in it's own bin, shades grading one to the next. And the accessories: the wooden hoops in various sizes, shiny needles tucked into paper packets and plump tomato pin cushions . . . yup – totally smitten!
I Spy . . . Wayne's Pie, 2.5 x 2.5 inches
Wayne Thiebaud "Pie Rows" are my inspiration
Snitching small pieces of fabric from the sewing box, I promptly made my troll dolls snappy outfits embellished with little stitched flowers. I felt a bit like Laura of The Little House in the Big Woods, connected to an art that women and girls had been doing forever. Later, I advanced to samplers, pillowcases (I still do these) and then in my college years, embellished clothing - denim jackets, blue chambray shirts, patches for my jeans . . .
Putting needle to cloth, pulling the thread through and filling in a design is very relaxing to me. I tuck a hoop, scissors, several colors of cotton floss or tubes of silk and small square of fabric into my purse and work anywhere . . . stitchin' in the car, the plane (yes, scissors under 4 inches are allowed on airplanes), even in front of the TV (catching up on Entourage). Not sure where all this will lead, but I'm enjoying the journey and am one happy gal!
my own little sampler, an homage to my favorite font - Priori Sans