It's been years since I started a series of cross-stitched pieces that were largely worked from the back side of the fabric. I like this technique because you can't exactly see what you're doing, thus leaving yourself open for surprise and serendipity. I have been almost done with three of these pieces for months and months, but kept them at hand to work on while watching TV. They kept getting more and more densely covered with cross-stitches and french knots, but there was always room for some more.
But finally I needed to finish them for a show. One of my fellow artists in PYRO Gallery invited the rest of us members to have work in his show, titled "Organic Forms." As I thought about my supply of finished work, there was very little that would fit that description, except the three cross-stitched pieces that definitely looked like gardens.
After considering fifteen different ways of potentially mounting or displaying the pieces, I finally decided to mount them on stretched canvases, covered with silk. The smallest piece fit nicely on a larger canvas with complementary color as a surround.
|Kathleen Loomis, Blue Garden|