new work - embroidery

autumnal snow globe

autumnal snow globe

I have a couple of new embroidery works for my shop this week - these things take time, but I have concentrated on getting two pieces completed. I find myself immersed in a tiny piece of thread world and then look up from my sewing machine to realise an hour has gone by.... then I must get up! I have to get up and stretch every so often. It is not a good thing to be sat looking down at a sewing machine needle for hours on end and this really is close-up and concentrated work. There's no 'painting over' with machine made stitching. I can at the very start of things unpick but simply starting over is often a better option.

It's a pleasure to work on these embroidery pieces. I can look back over time and see how my stitching has evolved and how I have improved my skills. But I do know I cannot stitch every day. I need to take care of my neck/shoulders. But I also like to keep the 'magic' a bit, for myself, so that when I do sit down to stitch I have to prove I can do it all over again - it is not a skill you can take for granted. And there will be times when it just does not feel right, so I get on with something else.

song of autumn leaves

song of autumn leaves

I have stitched many 'singing' compositions - usually there are two figures with a tree. These works are inspired by old woodcuts and medieval drawings, but have a lot of my own imaginative world within. The symbolism is not a fixed thing and can mean different things - I see the tree as a symbol of family, history and nature, the ever-changing. The the fallen autumn leaves have become decorative symbols on the singers' gowns. My aim is to stitch a world that is in harmony with the figures at home with the nature about them.

These works plus a new selection of tiny landscapes and portraits, monoprints - in my shop tomorrow t 2pm UK time. Thanks always.

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