|we can go for short walks now, as we did indeed do yesterday; humidity was between 70 and 75% which made for a heavy day, whew!|
|the shirt (which came into our household in a plastic bag full of clothes for the boys, as a basic white shirt, too small in the shoulders for them, but fitting me quite perfectly) has - after dyeing - been modified ever so slightly: the cuffs have been removed and are now used to line the newly formed V-neckline, two curtain ties have been turned into cuffs; I decided to turn the shirt inside-out, as I preferred the stitched result better on what was the inside; all has been sewn (on) with my favourite running stitch, in some spots criss-crossed, like a sort of weave, one tiny corner is an actual weave. At the back of my mind is Jude's class Considering Weave; one could say the shirt has been inspired by all the classes I have attended/am following: Contemporary Boro 2, What If Diaries and Considering Weave|
|still some stuff to be done: sew buttons on what has become the 'right' side, fasten the darts, maybe some extra stitching in certain spots|
"Should not every house possess at least one sampler? A real sampler, an example; every stitch that can be discovered being given separately. These for the use of all persons, not only for would-be embroiderers, but also for all those who would 'acquire a knowledge to enable them to appreciate the work of others', and thus add joy to their own lives."
Introduction of the catalogue for the Exhibition of Wessex Stitchery, Mrs. Forster 1934, page61
from: Early 20th Century Embroidery Techniques, by Gail Marsh 2011
ISBN 978 1 86108 820 8
and how interesting to me that
you "changed sides"... sewing
the darts will give it that much
so...a white shirt, now something quite far from that...
it is so good to see you and the
pup walking. he must have
Liz: thank you for stopping by and commenting; such an observant eye! I like that you linked the shirt with the landscape imagery, as I am always hoping to make pieces that are connected with what surrounds me.
Grace: yes, a white shirt no more and even better: I now wear it and it feels wonderFul.
yes Mo and Linda: cloth alchemy, sometimes the magic happens....
Suzanna: hmmm, those cuffs were a lot of work as I initially sewed them on with the 'neat side' showing and realised I preferred the rough edges and so had to undo them and stitch them on again! I will definitely do this again, straight away that is.
oh Dee, that is a lovely idea; and also I have always meant to make a map-like-drawing of my walks, or use the meandering as a kind of guide for the stitching, why haven't I actually done that? you might ask. I don't have a good answer, but I must get round to that Soon!