Monthly Archives: April 2008

WIP – Cutwork Tablecloth

I’m not sure I’m going to do a piece for the April TIF challenge – time is a little tight these days. I think I’m going to try to finish a cutwork tablecloth that has been hanging around for years – at least 7 or 8 years, I think.

As a first step, I carefully washed and ironed the tablecloth. It is about 4 feet square.  Here’s what it looks like:

There were a few spots on it (e.g. I had left a needle in the cloth, and there’s a mark.  Shame on me.) 

For some reason – I can’t remember why – the only part I hadn’t cut yet is the little bit at the bottom left corner:

yes, just that little bit that looks like a tail on the corner – maybe 4 inches worth.

In addition to finish trimming the fabric, I want to go over the entire tablecloth to check for worn threads, or for sections that could use a bit of repair.

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The art of embroidery

I’ve been reading “The art of embroidery” by Francoise Tellier-Loumagne. This is a beautifully illustrated (500 color photos) and very imaginative and inspiring book. It isn’t a comprehensive review of embroider, or a stitch dictionary – more like an overview of creative embroidery and the directions in which it can lead.

What I found particularly interesting was how she started with an element – for example, a photo of flower, a plant, or a rock – and interpreted it in different ways using different stitches or techniques. Same starting points, but leading to very different results.

As an example (a bit hard to see), the cover illustration shows how a different stitches (fly stitch, cross stitch, split stitch, beading, etc.) can be used to create varieties of leaves.

I did a bit of searching and found her website.

April TIF

Sharon B’s Take It Further challenge for April is “How do you see change?” I’m having a terrible time trying to come up with ideas for this.

There are various levels of change. There is change on the broader, public scale – global change, political change, technological change. There are changes in fashion (not that that would be my strong point). Then there’s change on the personal level – changes in job, in family, in where you live, in lifestyle.

At a loss, I looked up “change” in the thesaurus.  I found “change” as in money – pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and in Canada, loonies and toonies.

There are synonyms for change – in the sense of  “alteration”, there is: about-face, addition, adjustment, advance, break, compression, contraction, conversion, correction, development, difference, distortion, diversification, diversity, enlargement, innovation, metamorphosis, modification, modulation, mutation, novelty, permutation, reconstruction, refinement, remodeling, reversal, revision, revolution, shift, surrogate, switch, tempering, transformation, transition, transmutation, turn, turnover, variance, variation, variety, vicissitude

“Innovation” has a positive connotation; correction a negative one (as in a “correction” in the financial system).

I’m probably obsessing about this.

There are the cute linguistic quirks of English – change one’s underwear, change ringing, change a tune, sea change, short change, small change, change for dinner, change your mind.  None of this is getting any stitching done, but it is an amusing off-shoot.

In general, I’m not a fan of change. At first, reading Sharon’s challenge, my image of change was a deep black box, with something unknown at the bottom. Black on black on black – not a very positive image (although a stitching challenge….).  but as I explore “change,” I’m just starting to see other options.