Friday, January 30, 2009

"The Making of a Thousand Tapestries..."


Starts with one stitch", to paraphrase a Chinese proverb about starting a journey. heehee
So I did it. I pulled out some muslim, some vintage images, some thread. I rubber stamped a little on the fabric after I got obsessively attached to an artificial leaf, which both inspired and doomed my composition. This piece is entitled, "Sanctuary" or "The Colossal Celery". The edges of the piece are raw (hahaha!- no pun intended on the celery reference, heehee, hoohoo, wiping eyes). I like the casual look, but how does one present it? Seems binding the edges would be more finished, but I like the design free-range and not bound by convention. Maybe a reflection on me! haha
I didn't do sketches, and didn't obsess about the layout, too much. I worked quickly and ignored the fact that my "tree" resembled a giant, domestic crudite'. Everything is hand stitched down (my sewing machine is buried still) and some of the stitching (Margaret) was done in the bathroom while I supervised Rebecca splashing in the tub. I stood by the bathroom sink, as far from the water sports as possible. I had a hard time putting down my little quilt, but I did so to sleep. This morning I sewed on the buttons, the key and finally this afternoon the kiddos were permanently stuck down with some low temp hot glue (the photo was too brittle to sew down). One "tapestry" down, another 999 to go.

8 comments:

kiwicarole said...

I really like this! Celery or not! haha. I must make a mental note to use more buttons, they just add something special to a piece!
Carole

Margaret said...

Get you! first the kitchen, now the bathroom, upright multi-tasking art at it's best, talk about raising the bar!! altho gluing the kids down in order to complete the job is a bit extreme, ha ha I jest! I love what comes out of your roving art, gorgeous result and I can't wait to see the rest of it (and which room it gets completed in??!)

Val Foster said...

This is a wonderful piece. I love the muslin and the lace and the leaf and tree and the stitching and the buttons and the images and the key. I love the whole piece and everything about it. I don't think you need to finish the edges -- it's perfect the way it is. Good job!

Lorrie said...

A great start to stitching art! Stitching on the go. Fun, and I love your commentary.

Lorrie

Donna said...

Look at This! How beautiful sweetheart! Happy weekend!!hughugs

Ashlyn said...

Wow, girl! I like this tapestry even better now that it's completed!! Your talent and imagination continue to amaze and inspire me. Thanks!

Hugs, Ashlyn

Linda said...

Oh wow! Look at you, is right!!! I love it!!!

Jeanie said...

Bad pun, beautiful piece! I don't sew. I should. Lovely!