writing in my journal the other day, writing of creative desires, it occurred to me what an endless list it seemed to be
expanding and contracting, year over year, one thing coming off, two more added on, wondering when...
i wrote then that i felt as though i wanted to do all of everything
the little piece i am working on these days feels like something that has all of everything i like to do...
the pattern is "drunkard's path" - irregular shaped pieces forming irregular shaped blocks
i tried curved piecing and hated it - even by hand, with these tiny pieces, it's a pain
so i folded over the seam on the small pieces and appliqued them on top of the larger - much, much easier to do
this will be a small tube-shaped bag
the design is by yoko saito
once all the piecing and joining together was finished, the embroidery began
curving chain stitch over every seam
beginning with the straight ones...
followed by the curved
using cosmo embroidery floss for the first time - love it
so smooth, with a soft sheen
no tangling at all, none
i've been embroidering over the seams of traditional patchwork for almost fifteen years
my stitches of choice were usually feather, cretan or herringbone, but i'm thrilled with how the simple chain stitch looks here with the hand-dyed thread... colour and stitch meandering along
and now i'm at the quilting stage - tiny furrows, in random directions
curving, cross-hatching, straight lines and diagonal ones
adding yet more texture
itching to remove the basting thread to see how it really looks
random shapes, piecing, applique, embroidery and quilting
this piece ticks all the boxes
nothing about it is perfect and yet in it's togetherness, in the sum of it's parts, it's everything it needs to be...