Alternating the stitching with more creative work has also proved a successful way of working, bringing variety to my Distant Stitch work.
I have now finished the fishing net, strengthening the edges with a narrow, close machine zigzag stitch. I am pleased with how it has turned out: soft and light and it drapes very well.
|4.11.FS 5 - completed net|
|4.11.FS 6 small sketchbook|
I had a canvas, 45cm by 35cm and thought I would try this. I painted it in bands of colour to represent sky, sea and sand.
|4.11.FS 7 painted canvas|
I laid the whole thing out flat on a table and photographed it from above to give myself an idea of how the completed piece might look. When I found an arrangement I liked, I photographed it. I have not yet decided how to display the last line of the poem "for whatever we lose like a you or a me it's always ourselves we find in the sea". One idea would be to make a piece of seaweed from fabric and stitch the words onto that.
|4.11.FS 8 suggested layout|
My task now is to make the little books. My feeling at the moment is that little concertina books might work. I have not yet decided whether all the books will be the same type of if they will all be different. I have many decisions and experiments ahead of me, which I anticipate with pleasure.