I always like to have an in-between, hand stitching project on the back burner, for those times when the muse is not being cooperative and I need to keep my hands busy. This piece is my homage to the daily stitchings and scratchings of Judy Martin and Penny Berens. I greatly admire the work of both artists and while, not committed to working on my piece daily, I'd like to think that I'll throw a few stitches on every time the mood strikes!
A long narrow piece ( approximately 6 inches wide by 4 1/2 feet long) that's gentle and very soothing. I admit that the rolled up canvas is a little awkward, but I'm getting used to it. Narrow strips of cotton batiks & commercial fabrics have been stitched into machine wrapped braid and then couched onto the artists canvas background, with two strands of embroidery floss. The original machine wrapped braid technique was taught to me by Penny B. many, many years ago, so I thank her once again for her invaluable instructions.
Detail of the braid and stitching.
Mostly straight and tidy, but I do need a way to corral the canvas while I'm working on it. Perhaps long safety pins! Any other brilliant ideas?