I wrote a couple of weeks ago about a collaborative project I have been doing with Rosemary Claus-Gray. We each started a foot-square hand-stitched embroidery that had something to do with a map, then after working on it a while, we exchanged pieces and each worked on the other's piece for a while. Finally the pieces went back to their original artists for final touches.
I have now finished my work on Rosemary's piece and sent it back to her.
The two pieces were quite different in character. Where mine was done on cotton (some hand-dyed pieces that I had done with stitched shibori resist) hers was on a piece of old kimono silk. Where mine was light, hers was dark. Where mine had a map-like grid -- indeed, it was a literal map -- hers was a more fanciful depiction.
Many of the stitches in this piece were done to follow or echo the floral print of the silk. Rosemary made a lot of impossibly tiny stitches to outline the little flowers, but also used heavier hand-dyed perle cotton in places.