Mostly images in this post, as it’s Mothers’ Day, and indeed our mothers are soon arriving for lunch, which I have yet to cook.
I have been stitching the large new piece this week, last seen in my previous blog post, which may be called Flowering II. I don’t really want to call it Nasturtiums, as I keep wanting to abbreviate it to nasties, which is unfair. I’ll post that one when it’s done, but here are a few new small pieces, made from the remnants left over from the making of the large piece.
These three pieces are all under 30 cm, and utilise some spare birds made for another piece of work, where they were not used. That’s why they are all similar, basically.
And this is one of those small triptychs I so enjoy making.
This woodland inspired chappie is about 40 cm long, and is a mix of fabrics on Khadi paper. They have all been machine stitched now and await their finishing touches of hand stitch and beads.
I’m very much looking forward, when these are done, and other jobs besides, to continuing with a large textile artist’s book I started last year. It is based on Summer, that long forgotten season. [As I write the snow is falling.] Here are a few images of pages in progress.
Actually I could seriously think about a few other things to write about rain, after the amount we’ve had during the last few months, but let’s instead keep it all poetic. This page and the one below look wintry, but you see it’s night, and dawn.
I’ve used quite a few older embroideries in this book too, cutting them up and collaging them with prints of other work, drawings and close ups of stitched areas. These pages are quite large, about 70 x 30 cm.
A mix here of prints on Khadi paper of a large embroidery and of drawings on acetate.
There will be more text and also stitch added, and of course the inevitable and extremely useful beads. The bling on this is gold leaf, which I am never tempted to nibble upon.
Hot late summer pinks.
Whenever I think pink, a bullfinch appears.
Next week I am decidedly following my one thing at a time principal. This has slipped of late. It does this without me noticing, but I have decided that after 12 if not more years of making hand stitched cards, something, ie them, has got to go from the job list, so I am stitching the last batch, of which there are many. Deciding what you do and don’t want to do and continue with is an excellent process to embark upon, with the result that you can concentrate more happily on fewer chosen aspects of your work. It does, however, seem to mean that you have to really get stuck in to clear a few backlogs, and sort a few drawers and cupboards, but so far it has been well worth it.