Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The BJP is in transition for me.
First, I am not going to name them or even think of them as a "month" project. I will think of them and refer to them numerically. This is #4.
I recently decided that I wanted to get back to sewing and hand stitching. I long to mess with fibers again, mainly embroidery and crazy quilt. Its been at least 20 years since I did that kind of needlework. Man am I rusty! But it feels SO good to use a needle and thread again.
So the transition is from a bead encrusted page to a smaller size more fiber thread work page.
So, here is the story. The square is 3 x 3 white wool felt. I used colored pencils to color the square then glazed it with textile medium.
The story: This is a memory of a place at the beach in Michigan City Indiana where I was raised. When I grew up there, it had not yet turned into a tourist town. Not many people from Chicago had summer homes there. But (back in the 30's Al Capone owned a gated estate on the Lake Shore). Anyway, from my early teens until I moved away when I was 19 I spent almost every summer day at the Lake. I love the water and the sun.
What I learned: My embroidery skills are just so rusty. But they are coming back. I worked at keeping even stitches. For the first time I used metallic thread in an effort to show the sun reflecting off the ripples in the lake. I love the look, but hate working with this thread.
I'm going to continue with this smaller size page. I'm also going to continue to play with thread and beads for the rest of this year's pages. I'll be eager to see my stitching skills improve with each new page. I used to stitch really pretty embroidered pieces especially on clothes.
The picture is not that great, but this square is really pretty in person!!