Saturday, January 04, 2014

A Fine Line

Looking back over the last month's worth of posts I see very little about actual stitching. Have I lost track of my mission statement? Well, to me, not really, because I see the world in stitching metaphors if not literal needle and thread, but I do think I need to get back on topic.
It's just a start, but I am already loving the feel of the needle pricking through the cloth and the expressiveness of the thread. In addition to the Paternayan wool, I am trying out DMC #8 perle cotton. It gives such a clean line it feels like cheating - I prefer the wool because of its more unruly nature. It is a bit harder to control, and I realize that I like being on that edge. Maybe it brings me closer to the wild nature of the animals I am depicting, or to be more exact it brings me closer to the hand of Louis Nicolas as he was depicting the wilds of New France.

In any case, it's a bit too soon to tell if the cotton is too neat and tidy for the piece, and most of you are probably saying to yourselves, "What the heck is she going on about?" It's a subtle thing, I know, and I have no perspective! I might even be a tad obsessed. The only thing that will cure it is more stitching.

3 comments:

  1. fantastic,as always. And if you don't like it? are you going to pick it all out??

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  2. I know exactly what you are going on about. I have fussed about breaking down floss from six, to four or mayby five strands until the line is just so...of course, no one but me could tell.

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  3. I get it too! That line can say so many different things depending on how "loud" the voice is! I've taken to mixing different weights and fibre types and "splits" to add to the dimension. You ain't alone :)

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