OK, got the crabby stuff out of the way, now I can talk about the work in the Thread Lines exhibit that I liked. And guess what, it was almost all all hand stitching.
Here's an unassuming but solid and joyous work, simply little shapes of felt hand-stitched to felt backgrounds.
Just two colors, simple shapes, the simplest possible stitching, but it all goes together into complex and sophisticated compositions that make you smile. The background layer is thick, a tad more than 1/4 inch, so it hangs solidly, and it's held to the wall with T-pins.
Interestingly, many of the older works are framed under glass (which I think is not a good way to display textiles; it may protect them from viewers' touch but it also places a barrier to viewers' view) but the newer pieces are frequently hung with simple pins or nails.
Here's a piece hand stitched onto black organdy, an imaginary or remembered map.
More good stuff in tomorrow's post. The show continues at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville through August 6.