Inspired by Liz Kettle's video on STITCH MEDITATION and a BBC documentary by Judi Dench on her love for trees, I picked up some linen and decided to just add random fabrics together that I love and just stitch away. I have always wanted to add texture in my work and flat machine stitching on batiks and cottons just wasn't doing it for me. I love hand stitching but my arthritis has always stopped me in the past. The pain the next morning was sometimes unbearable. But this time I was determined to sew by hand. I thought about what it was that hurt them....hmmm...it was the pushing and pulling through the fabrics! AH HA! Linen is a lovely soft and open weave fabric so I grabbed a neutral colored piece and it worked! I added other very textured but loose fabrics like nylon and rayon and I enjoyed it so. I had no plans as I went along. I found a sheer that was brown and I wrapped and rolled. Hey it looked like roots! COOL! Hmmm. I was loving this. Then I decided to wrap the thread around the sheer to give it a more textured 3D look. Loved that too. So on I went. Each night before I would go to sleep I turned off the TV and sat and stitched. Not too long but long enough. I knew when I was done each night. It was my stitch meditation! Calm and relaxing.I look forward to it each evening and sometimes maybe in the day. I am auditioning this one with the 2 mats with the 4" opening. I think it works. Maybe you are inspired like I was? What makes you inspired? I love trees and hope to do a series of these soon.
NOTE: Click on STITCH MEDITATION (blue text) to go to that video. It looks like Judi Dench's video My Passion For Trees was taken off YOU TUBE. ENJOY!
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