So when it happened this time, I didn't fool around.
So hand sewing, on the reliquary or anything else, has been put on hold. There is no tendon rupture, but rather hard use, old age, and arthritis, have all resulted in a loose joint that tends to "sublux"and may do so for the rest of my life. That's what 60 years of intricate hand stitchery gets me! I have been given a splint to use, and it's been suggested that I give the finger a rest. So far this appears to be working, but then, I haven't been doing any hand sewing since.
Rather, I took the opportunity to work on a project for a gallery show next November. My main piece is finished, but all of those displaying have been invited to produce a 12 by 12, inspired by the 4 by 6 photograph of a prairie sunset. I decided to take the opportunity to try my hand at needle felting, using an embellisher. I've done this before, but not for years, and my work has always been somewhat abstract. This time I wanted to try to actually reproduce the photo in the larger size.
I created a pattern, collected both yarns and rovings, and prepared an interfaced polyester felt substrate. Then I copied the pattern on tracing paper, and, sewing from the back, transferred it to the prepared backing, with machine stitching. Then I prepared a vinyl overlay to use in placing the yarn and rovings on the front surface.
Here is the front of the piece after the sky and water had been felted. You can also see the original photo and the vinyl overlay. Looks pretty awful, at this point.
Then felting it took most of today. This is what I ended up with, before adding the FMQ'd details. Not perfect, but I chose to allow myself to accept pretty good instead of fretting over perfect, about a year ago, and haven't been disappointed yet.
Next the fine details were added with FMQ'g, and the piece trimmed. Wanting to press it before adding the backing, I turned over. Oh my Goodness! I wonder if I don't find the back more appealing , from an art perspective, than the front. It's certainly a softer, more peaceful mood, which reflects the mood of the original photo better. What do others think?
I plan to link this With Nina-Marie Sayre's Off the Wall Fridays, and to The Needle and Thread Network