Thursday, February 25, 2016

A little sketching and a lot of stitching


It's part of my DNA; stitching.  And for a long time I denied it. "No, I do not like to stitch."  Yes, I can do it but I don't like too.  But I kept buying fabric and embroidery floss and yarn, and I didn't get rid of all of the leftover fabric, yarn and equipment from earlier days -- way earlier.  Comparing a package of my embroidery needles with some I looked at last week -- the package of Boye needles I have, still marked 15 cents and it's just one of many.  The package of the cheaper brand I looked at... $2.49.

So why am I writing about this you ask.  Because I've discovered that I truly do like to stitch, what I didn't like was having to do it perfectly.  Yes, there are some things that I'd like to do better and I'm willing to practice those things so I know I will get better -- again.  A blog I enjoy is Jude Hill's Spirit Cloth, she practices on small pieces and keeps them, sometimes using them later in larger works.  I like that idea.  I also like Jude's classes and started to watch videos of a heart class.  I thought I'd do the heart thing so started with this one...
But realized I seemed to be doing more circles. Hmmm, is that because I seem to run in circles at times or at least feel like I am. Perhaps.  Anyway circles became moons became faces.  Here are a few...

 This one is a piece of discharged denim, I added stitch to the center trying repeat sizes.
then another discharged piece that still needs something


 This one got a face

So did this one though not a happy one.
And this one

Then I decided to try printing a face on fabric and adding it to other fabric.  This is a Christy Girl from a very old book I have.  If the book where in good shape it would be something to sell but it isn't so I use the pages.

And then just faces that may end up as circles but at the moment, just features
 
And then I had to practice some stitches I like to do.  The woven picot forms the petals and french knots fill the center.

The woven spider web is another one I love to do.
And an open circle, something Jude posted that I had to try

Jude also does a lot of feathers so I had to try one of those too.
But still painting as well.  Here are a couple sketches done with my Tuesday Painters.
Beth's Bonsai


and Connie's Coffee Grinder that isn't functional.


Now I'm off to do more work on that first piece I posted today.  I need to finish the satin stitch and then put it away for awhile.

3 comments:

Joan Tavolott said...

I love the faces you are stitching...how fun. I guess stitching is in your blood and you can't deny it. These are nice pieces...or starts of pieces.

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Thanks Joan... yes it is in my blood. Mother, aunt, both grandmothers, great and great, great grandmothers... all stitchers.

Anonymous said...

Really like the discharge trials. Used to do alot of that on silk. Interesting effects.

Li