Friday, October 10, 2014
On assignment -- stitching about travel
When we were in London early this summer I had the pleasure of visiting one of my best Internet friends, Margaret Cooter. We had a fabulous day together talking about art and life. We exchanged some little presents; mine was to choose a sewing kit from a collection that Margaret has been making to sell at craft fairs (here is a picture of a bunch of them). Here's the one I chose:
I asked her if she also wanted to give me an assignment for the project, and she said "travel."
Sure enough, there was a little time to sew during the evening presentations every night on the cruise, and here we were on a ship, so I began by stitching an ocean full of water. Not much else got done on that vacation, but in the months since I have expanded my "Bayeux tapestry" to include several of the lasting images from our travels over the years.
There's still room for more stitching but I'm finding it challenging to come up with images that I can easily execute. For instance, how can you embroider the Grand Canyon or the Metropolitan Museum? I'm sure more ideas will come, so I'm keeping the piece right there by my TV place. (Still have three hours of The Roosevelts on tape that we have to get through!)
And what a great format the long and skinny piece of linen has been. It's so much better for random thoughts or long stories than a squattier rectangle would be, and it's so much more casual and intimate, with its raveling edges and uneven cutting. Thanks again, Margaret, for a great visit and a great project!