Monday 22 October 2018

Getting Back in the Swing of Stitching and Walking

feels good to be back in the studio
adding layers of stitch
creating tactile textures.

Sometimes one spends a morning adding a darker colour
to outline an area
and right from the start you don't like it
but you leave it for a while.
Then the moment comes when you simply have to get rid of it
and introduce something different.

Much better!

Then it is all a matter of adding some stitches
standing back and observing.
Each new stitch changes the whole dynamic of a piece.

Sometimes a new shapes and a new colour
ask to be included.

Sometimes you need to repeat that shape.

Sometimes perhaps a shape should run off the edge.

Standing back and observing one half
Adjusting the colour just a bit to bring out
all the subtle markings in the black walnut dyed fabric
just because it might help with where to go next.

Standing back to see the other half
and wondering if introducing a small piece of rusched silk velvet somewhere
might add an interesting texture against the linen background.

It is all part of the flow.

The threads used so far.
I try for slight colour variations
thick and thin
matt and shiny.

Never anything shocking!
My choices are always muted and calm!
That's just me.

It has been quite a season for mushrooms
This one is about the size of a dinner plate!

I expect Valerie is having a whale of a time hunting for edibles!

And still more are popping up all over the place.

Monday 15 October 2018

Autumn Travellers

We welcomed our Australian cousins Pip and Fox
and had a great time showing them around our little piece of the world.

Then I became the traveller
Joining the Connections Fibre Artists group for a stitching retreat.
Reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.








 Four days spent with fellow stitchers is so renewing
 for those of us who quietly work alone in our studios.

Four days spent with friends old and new
means one heck of a lot of talking!

and boy did we laugh!

Thank you to Elizabeth and her sister Patti for their generous hospitality
Many thanks to Bethany who drove me to meet up with my son Mark. 

Mark and I drove North amid fields of wind turbines

Beautiful in their strangeness

and for the first time ever they were all twirling!

 Travelling through rural Ontario.... is bound to find many....

....a barn and at this time of year....

 ....much colour.

 Then Collingwood comes into view.

Thank you to my boys and their families for
a lovely Thanksgiving.

Now I am home again and back in the studio
getting used to the quiet
and hopefully starting many new stitchings.