In the midst of a week filled to the brim with the creation of video content, somehow I had a finish. Granted, this was close to the finish line last week, but I am claiming victory and a finish:
I’ve written a little bit about this piece here and here previously. This is an art panel from Turtle Hand Batiks, a one-of-a-kind batik piece made by a young Malaysian artist. I love working with these panels and recently completed another one which I wrote about here .
The quick recap: I embellished the panel using hand embroidery, inspired by Catherine Redford’s Butterfly book. Little known fact – I did a lot of hand embroidery as a kid and I’ve always loved it. I just got busy and abandoned it, but this project rekindled my interest.
I have some points to make:
VISIBLE LEARNING CURVE:
You will see what I call “Visible Learning Curve” (VLC) on every project. Accept it, it is part of the process. In this case, my VLC was around the design of the quilting. I decided I wanted to do hunks of quilting motifs, not scattered like I did on this piece:
At first, I gathered the motifs in big hunks. About half way through, I realized I was not happy with that idea. I altered my plan in the upper left corner:
I much prefer this look to what is happening on the bottom. I don’t like those hard edges.
I so don’t go for perfect – it’s elusive and makes quilting tedious and unpleasant. Accept those small imperfections, they give beauty and humanity to the piece. Case in point, two actually:
I was getting skipped stitches (there are lots more than the one I point out) and I let a few happen before I decided to take the time to fix the problem. I let them be. I knew that in the sea of cross-hatching they would be virtually invisible.
And that’s another lesson: when you’re doing the quilting, imperfections loom large, but most times, once the piece is completed, you have to look hard to find the imperfections! Let. It. Be.
Both wobbly line and a big ole honkin’ skipped stitch n (to the right). Do I care? Nope. Let. It. Be.
Nice touch, no?
Fun little detail shot:
So, here’s the give-away: I ended up with two copies of Catherine Redford’s Butterfly Stitches book (don’t tell me you’ve never done that!) and I am giving away my extra copy. It is a delightful book with beautiful hand stitching, color and wool butterflies. She has several very approachable projects as well instructions for a wide variety of hand stitches. It’s beautiful eye candy! In full disclosure, Catherine is a friend and a total delight – it comes out in her writing.
Here’s the fine print:
– Comment below. You don’t have to write something clever or flattering, you can just write “book” if you want.
– Close of the give-away is Th, April 16 at 6PM PST.
– US addresses only.
– I will draw a random number and announce it in next week’s blog post.
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