As much as I like this, I may never do another like it. It’s small. Definitely small for all the detailed embroidery on it. It took forever and a day. I do find embroidering to be relaxing but unfortunately I can’t sit long without my RLS kicking in so I end up standing even to do embroidery, which is not as relaxing as sitting in the rocker like a Grammy should. In fact, it’s downright obsessive. And while I have my own brand of OCD, this is not it. For one thing, I don’t like waiting so long for the end result. I only have a few more stitches to be done with this and then I’ll face it immediately so that it doesn’t end up unfinished for life!
Are you obsessive in your work? Or, like me, do you prefer to work looser and faster?
I pulled a new trick out of the box recently – a technique I would never have imagined myself – thanks to Maggi Birchenough on the And Then We Set It On Fire Blog. You can find explicit directions over there.
Pellon, or in the UK, Vilene, Emulsion Screens actually begin with a soy wax resist on a piece of medium weight interfacing. That gets painted over with a couple of coats of latex paint. After that’s thoroughly dried you rub the soy wax out with your fingers under hot water. Tape that to the back of a silk screen and you have yourself a positive, reusable screen. More endless possibilities!
Although Maggi warns that you probably want to use this for fairly crisp images, I thought I’d try out one screen that has a blurred line look and it turns out I like this for some applications. If I wanted a crisper print of the leafy image, I could go back in and paint out all but the leaf itself.
I’ve begun to take some of the pieces that I printed this summer and transform them into wholecloth quilts. This one I’m calling “Solar” and stitched it both by machine and by hand. It’s about 14″ X 21″ inches. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. This was sun printed using Jacquard Solar Fast Ink.