Happy New Year! Wishing you all lots of love, peace and creativity this year!
I wanted to share the progress of my current XL artwork. I started it sometime in November, and if you follow me on Instagram
, you may have seen a few posts about it. It's truly slow art... it's quite large (for me) and is all hand-stitched so far. Thus the time factor. I am working on it in bits and pieces and sometime spurts of time. I take breaks to work on other art, some faster more immediately gratifying art. But I am really enjoying the pace of it.
This piece is a continuation of the experiment that I started last year with this piece
. It's coming back soon from a photoshoot with Quilt National
, and I cannot wait to see how it works with this new piece.
So here's how it's been coming along...
|I cut out a very large paper stencil of a fire escape and traced in thread|
|audio books are great to listen to when I do this type of work, podcasts are great also|
|it started to look like this|
|the base is a very old linen bed sheet from my family, it might have even been used a drop cloth once as there are white paint splotches on it. I spent some quality time mending all the worn spots.|
|this is what it looked like when the stencil outline was done|
|then I started pinning bits and pieces of vintage lace to it|
|I intend to cut away some of the lace after it's stitched down|
|this is what it looked like at the beginning of the process. The idea behind all the lace layers is that I want it to resemble/represent a wall behind the fire escape|
|just lace didn't work, so the fabric scraps came out to play|
|this started looking better!|
|somehow it took on a spring like feeling... I don't think it'll stay...|
|this is when I got done layering my scraps and lace. Now I have to stitch it all down and cut away the excess so that the fire escape can be seen again|
|it's off the wall and on my dining room table, and I'm auditioning threads. Not only will they need to keep it all together for me, but they'll need to add color and texture|
Stay tuned! I am trying to stick to working on it for at least an hour a day. I have lots of other projects that I have to be working on, but I don't want this to stagnate. Or keep taking up my dining room table....