Sunday, August 21, 2016

bridges

Stitching, stitching, stitching. That's what I've been doing every spare minute. And that allows me to say that I have just completed three little bridges. Well, aside from trimming and finishing, which I'll do probably next week on all the little pieces in one fell swoop, assembly line style.

Here are my three bridges, which will finish at 8"x8", in the order of their completion. I enjoyed taking pictures of the backs as they developed, so you get to see two each. I wonder if anyone will figure out which NY bridges they are? Seems obvious to me, but I may have been staring too long....
back of bridge 1 in progress
back of bridge 1 completed
front of bridge 1
back of bridge 2 in progress
back of bridge 2 almost completed
front of bridge 2
back of bridge 3 starting
back of bridge 3 almost completed
front of bridge 3
Now I going to start stitching two slightly bigger bridges. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

XL

I just scrolled back through my blog entries to see when was the last time I mentioned about this large piece that I have been working on.... February! Geez, how time flies... I thought that perhaps I have mentioned it since, not here, but I did on Instagram.

Perhaps I wrote about it so few times because the progress on it has not only been slow (hand-stitching!) and also in fits and starts. Weeks went by between bursts of activity as I pondered where to take it next. I layered imagery of my beloved fire escapes one at a time, slowly, in what turned out to be a slightly abstracted composition.

Late last night I took the last few stitches and declared it finished. Haven't taken any official pictures yet, I intend to do so next week, so meanwhile here is a whole slew of closeups! Presenting a peek at Iron Spine 5XL.










It measures 77"x 51". The base is an old linen sheet that has served my family so well that it's threadbare in spots. ( I have a few more of those rescued for future stitching.) It has layers upon layers of repurposed plastic bags stitched to it by hand, a few dryer sheets, and some vintage lace. I've used a variety of threads: rayon, linen, cotton and paper pine which was snow-dyed eons ago.

Believe it or not, I cannot wait to get started on the next threadbare sheet..... I think I know exactly what I want to do to it!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

getting close

My first mini-series is almost finished. The hand-stitching is done, now I just have to adhere them to canvases, trim, paint the edges and wire for hanging. I think I'll leave that for a bit later when I'm not in the mood to stitch, because I'm really in the mood to keep stitching.

I've had the pleasure of keeping really long studio hours while my kids were in camp and really got into the groove. Now the kids are back and studio hours are kind of limited, until they go on their next adventure, but I'm squeezing in every minute I can.

I'll reveal the miniseries in its entirety when all the edges are finished. Meanwhile, here is a tease close-up of each one.

First the fire escapes, they are done with the simplest, cleanest stitches.





And now the water towers, these turned out to be much more complicated than the fire escapes.






Next up - bridges, or perhaps bridge parts.... I'll let you know soon!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I ❤️ NY

Recently I took the day off and went to NYC for a bit of inspiration and to catch up with a friend I haven't seen in a long time. It was a lovely day which ended with a wondrous thunderstorm and a great big traffic jam for the way home.

That traffic jam might have ruined the day for me... but! Have I mentioned that I love NYC? I do! So instead of grinding my teeth, I grabbed my phone and snapped a picture each time my car came to a complete stop. Believe me there were a gazillion complete stops.

So for your enjoyment here my favorite snap shots from that fab traffic jam. Next time you might see them reinterpreted in my art with lots and lots of hand stitching!














Tuesday, July 5, 2016

a progress report

It has been a while since I've posted about the mini-series that I am planning to debut at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show. I posted about planning it here and my work on it here. Although my stitching time has been interrupted by the end of the school year festivities and packing for camp madness, I still have managed to get quite a bit done.

Two of the water tower pieces are complete, except for the trimming and the edging. Here are some in progress photos of what I am temporarily calling "water tower 1".
outline stitching
outline stitching
big directional stitches
tiny x's stitching
lot's of x's

The second water tower asked to be even bolder in color. Here are more detail pictures.
I am using a large hoop for these smaller pieces, seems to make the work easier.
outline stitching
outline stitching
big X's
straight lines in all directions
different type of x's
many straight lines of course
This week I hope to spend lots of time in the studio happily stitching "water tower 3".

Happy July to all!