Thursday 15 December 2016

A Little Bit of Red - Week Fifty

....but mostly black and white.
White on white might have been more appropriate
for we are living in a snow globe again.

One day I am going to make a huge black and white piece
with a tiny but important red mark.
That has been brewing for a coupe of years now
but too many ideas
too few hours in the day!

Small stitches and finer thread melding two layers of cloth
such a different feel to last week's
huge stitches with thick, thick thread.

There is no rhyme or reason
no planning ahead.
Rummaging around in a basket full of scraps
is enough.

This time a small piece of kantha caught my eye.
Stitched in a Dorothy Caldwell class years ago.
Stitched on two layers of Kona cotton...
not easy for my ageing hands!
If I embarked on a larger piece 
it would have to be on turban cotton or harem cotton
or perhaps an old worn damask tablecloth.


  1. The colors are harmonious. So lovely.

  2. Nice bit of negative spacing showing there!

  3. i really like the different directions the stitching goes in. even with such a simple stitch, it jazzes things up a bit...or maybe the red spark is what does it? makes me want to snap my fingers.

    i am using a flannel for the base cloth for my Daily Patch, better known as DP, to animals and me. i thought it would be a lovely soft cloth to stitch with/through. no so. sometimes i feel like i am stabbing the needle into wood. gads.

  4. I like the red against the black and white - somehow it 'belongs'.

  5. It's been a while since I caught up with your blog Penny. It is truly such a treat to do so now. You always inspire & you always give me calm assurance & hope.Have a wonderful festive season. However you decide to stitch your observations & thoughts next year, will be precious & wonder-full!


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