Sunday, 8 April 2018

Stitching for the sake of it

From time to time, perhaps between larger, more thought out pieces, I stitch purely for the sake of it, trying out weight and style of stitch maybe, or pattern, and interval. The simplicity is soothing and refreshing and it keeps my hands busy while I ponder more widely.

This little sample was stitched over a couple of evenings in black and white and with a touch of red to liven things up. 


There was delicious relaxation here - nothing else afoot other than unstructured play, and taking the needle for a walk across the fabric. 


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    1. Thank you, Susan, and welcome to my blog. It's always good see a new name. I only wish more people felt able to comment as I would really enjoy the conversation!
      Incidientally, I've just been over to your blog and really enjoyed the lovely tree photos in your most recent post.

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  2. Lovely pieces, I love this kind of stitching. Still reading your blog with interest just not commenting very much these days.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Debbie. Good to hear from you as always. New commenters, though, seem thin on the ground!

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  3. Nice play. I've been more and more taken with black and white sketches and other art with a touch of red. Fascinated actually by how such a small amount of red transforms a scene or abstract, makes it more interesting. The red doesn't even have to make sense to the rest I'm finding. Sure, a red cardinal on a branch of a birch tree in a snowy forest of birch trees is perfect, but I've seen red added elsewhere in unexpected ways that always pleases my eye. And your use of it here does the same for me.

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    1. Play is always good, especially while I think about the next steps after the rush to finish and frame pieces for the recent exhibition.
      This is a common pattern for me. I always feel a sense of anti-climax and a need to refocus my brain as I think where to go next. Now it's all over, thoughts are beginning to appear but I still feel very much in transition ... a new direction ... or further development of the same ... or perhaps a mixture of both? Time will tell!

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    2. At loose ends, as it were, between projects/deadlines. I experience the same thing. But I seldom gather up my loose ends you you have here. :-)

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    3. Doing a little something quite different and less focused is a great help. The immediate mental vacuum is filled; i have some occupation for my hands and sometimes, if I’m really lucky, there are unexpected pointers for the future. This time, we shall see!

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