blue in progress

February 4, 2010

Experimenting with stitching on top of a piece of linen I dyed last week.  So far, I have only sketched in the compostion, and am beginning the underlayers of stitching.  I think I will work on building up surface with many layers of stitching on the colored ground, mirroring the technique I use in painting.  The patterns from the shibori give me some nice organic shapes to respond to while developing a final composition

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Ruminating

January 6, 2010

I am working on two tapestries right now, and while I am doing that, I am thinking about a third.

What do I need to learn? and how can I explore that through stitch?

First, I am thinking about underpainting.  Stitch an entire surface, and then build up from there.  Dyeing the threads will bring transition and continuity, I think.

And I am still thinking about tangles of roots and leaves and new shoots, earth shifted by rain, and stones, the visual relationships.

Thread

January 2, 2010

Dyeing threads today.  The weather is sunny and warm, so I worked outside.  I ended up with too many greens and blues, so I will have to have another dyeing session to create a complete palette.

progress

January 2, 2010

Worked in different shades of black today, with linen, silk, and cotton to define the internal world of the hibernating seed pod. Made a change from the seven or eight shades of white threads I have been using. 

Ice Storm

January 1, 2010

Another tapestry!  Work in progress…..interpreting leaves, twigs, seed pods suspended in ice…snow….night.  Stitched on hand-dyed fabric from Mali, using cotton, linen, silk threads, some hand-dyed with tumeric, green tea, and procion dyes…….

chronologically….

sketching on the fabric with thread, and beginning to build up the surface with the first stitches.

meditating on deep winter, living in the desert.  It actually has been quite cold, and there is snow on the mountains.

still stitching……..

still thinking of winter.

Tapestry, unfinished

January 1, 2010

Stream of Consciousness Embroidery

Embroidery is a simple art.  It asks me to slow down and focus on a very small space for a long while, which is the opposite of much of my life which requires me to focus on lots of large things in a tiny time space. 

Lots of tiny knots with hand-dyed thread.  Maybe a bit obsessive?