I'm fully immersed in stitching now, returning to my painting wall intermittently when I feel the need to make bigger arm movements, and my eyes and mind need to look outward.
I'm finding inspiration in new textile artists I discover via Instagram and recommendations from other friends and artists.
I'm finding my way by trying out different ideas to see what feels right for me, asking myself "What story do I want to tell and how can I use a needle and thread to tell it? Do I even want to tell a story?" I'm finding this kind of art to be a great way to explore and combine my love of texture, color, text and storytelling. I like that it doesn't make acrylic paint garbage that I have to deal with.
I've gotten positive feedback on what I've been sharing via social media and even sold a couple of pieces through my studio.
Right now, my days are largely filled with helping our new little rescue dog get settled, so one of the things I like about stitching is that I can do it in the evening while I watch TV with a cute little dog snuggled up on either side of me. It's great way to unwind and relax. I'm working on a piece now that is sort of a reflection on being the last of my family of origin, because my oldest brother died recently. Here's a detail of the piece below...
I'm starting to mend and darn now too, something that I haven't done for a long time. Here's a pic of some jeans I'm working on. Sort of feels like a denim canvas... I've also got a stack of woolen socks that need some darning attention... I think my evenings are full for the winter months.
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