Remember that Japanese fabric that told me it wanted to be embroidered? I've begun.
(That was taken after dinner on my back deck because the weather has been beyootiful!!!)
Here's almost what it looks like now, not including what I added while I sat on the deck while my daughter played in the sandbox because the weather has been...oh, you know. I already said that part.
This right here is several things. Firstly, it's just under 4"x6", by design. Secondly, it's the first time I've embroidered on a multi-colored background, except for the August Stitch-a-Long, but that was different. I've admired many of the pieces I've seen that embroider on top of patterned fabric and finally got the nerve to try it (because the fabric told me to). This is just a simple design, so so basic--overlapping circles of primary colors, definitely not anything complex there! But I'm discovering that as the colors in the fabric gradually shift, my perception of the seed stitch against the background subtly shifts too; in other words, it's more interesting than I anticipated. It makes me want to try more (adventurous) things with color shifts of floss against color shifts of background.
Also, I think I am drawn to this piece of fabric because I had a similar-looking flannel shirt in college... (Pearl Jam, yes! Nirvana, blech).
I was intending this piece for a local gallery's Postcard Fundraiser (which does not appear to be limited to local artists--please click the link if you're interested). But then there are these...
(Photographed on the big rock in my yard, in the sunshine, because the weather has been...right, you know that already.) These are stamps I've carved, printed on cotton using textile ink, each 4x6. One of the thoughts I had while reading Hoopla was to try mixing embroidery with other images on the fabric. So these were heat-set the other night and are waiting to be embroidered upon, when I'm done with those circles.
I have some knitting to show you, too, but that will have to wait until the next post. But before I go, I wanted to share some of nature's own elegant weaving that my middle child spotted this morning:
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