Tuesday, 11 October 2011
'Wish You Were Here' postcard
I first drew the picture onto white polycotton (never using that again, it's the real thing all the way from now on) using Inktense pencils, I just got myself the full box set of these and they are wonderful. I then layered two pieces of the cotton with a piece of wadding and free machined the yellow field of oil seed rape and the grasses to either side of the patch. Then I hand stitched the river before doing more free machining over the top to build up the greens. I increased the intensity of the blue in my grandmother's smock using the Inktense pencils. Finally I dotted white / beige french knots slong the right side of the path where the cow parsley is in the phtograph and created the oak tree to the right of the picture with french knots using several shades of green DMC floss in my needle. The other trees are created with short seed stitches in various shades. The last few reeds and my grandmother's hair were created with single stitches. Finally I did the border using satin stitch.
We have just lost another friend, only a year older than us, and it reminds me of the importance of keeping records like this one. I keep a diary on a daily basis, and unless I diarise what I'm creating those I leave behind wont understand my drive to create. My aunt was astounded when I gave this postcard to her, I find it hard to see my work through other people's eyes, to me it seems uninteresting, but I have to accept others see it differently. I guess when I create especially when it is for, as in the case of the lap quilts, or of, someone I love very much, that love goes into every stitch in a very karmic way.