For over a year I’ve been adding hand stitches to a 17 by 21 inch bit of cloth I had dyed and then stamped with leaves. This piece began with sprayed on “failed” dyes that were too pale for my taste. A play session with fabric paint resulted in the leaf impressions.
It’s taken so long because I worked on this project only when I had time to kill on a volunteer job. Two weeks ago I chain stitched a line on a leaf and decided the piece was done.
The blog And Then We Set It On Fire has been featuring hand stitching lately, and the examples that show the expressiveness of the humble running stitch have been real eye openers for me.
My previous post about big stitches focused on big stitch quilting. Now I’m considering how the softer lines of hand stitching can add subtlety and depth to a design. Yes, I hear laughter in some quarters as subtlety and I are barely acquainted.