This week I have been reading
A rant coming.
I have very mixed views about the stitching I do, being labeled, Slow Stitching. Why does it need a name at all. The fashion for stitching old used fabric with straight stitching doesn`t speak to me at all.
I am of the age when make do and mend - darning - reusing fabric was a necessity. Poverty - lack of easily obtainable materials - wartime.
I now use the technical skills, learned from my mother, darning, patching etc in my work where appropriate.
I enjoy looking at old worn materials, researching the history and construction of them but I don`t wish to produce work based on nostalgia.
It just looks to me like samples I have in my workbook.
I enjoy hand stitching, it allows one to be reflective when working but - Slow Stitching.
This of course may all be sour grapes as Claire has written a book and it is a lovely book.
This is a personal view and I may return to this theme of everything needing to be named.
Anyone else out there got a view on this?
Here is the Seagull at last.
About time too I hear folks say.
I just could not get the proportions right. It did not sit correctly inside the space. It came together when I made the bird face backwards.
It has a wire frame, covered with builders scrim dipped into gesso. I thought plaster would be too hard to stitch into.
I meant to photo the stages but battery on camera was dead so bashed onto next stage while muse was on my shoulder and before scrim disintegrated.
I may place it on a small piece of doweling but I quite like it on the piece of driftwood.
What do you think?
I will try to get him covered for next week. He needs and eye and the beak is a bit like an eagles, at the moment but HEY HO he has landed,
I am taking part in a workshop, next weekend, lead by Kim Gunn. It is being held for S.E.T tutors.
Scottish Embroidery Tutors.
The theme is collections.
Looks interesting. I am taking debris from the beach as my collection. No surprise there.
My grandchildren, 10 and 9 year old girls have been staying for a few days.Bedrooms have been rearranged since their last visit. This is their way of laying claim to their new room.
and all the other bedrooms. I am keeping them on the doors as they make me smile every time I pass by.
Plan for next week
1 Enjoy the weekend workshop
2 More work on the seagull
Look in next week and see if I get him finished.