Wednesday, 3 November 2010

fine and delicate

Here is a progression of the hand stitched embroidery inspired by the watercolour in my last entry.
 The whole image from the top of her "halo" to the bottom  of the outline measures about 2 inches and represents about 10 hours of work.

 I eventually succumbed to a double thread from a single sewing thread as the hours mounted.  Working by the light of my magnifying lamp,  I wanted as fine and delicate a piece as I could manage at a time in my life when my eyesight is somewhat compromised.  One gets a taste for things that appear to be just beyond your grasp...and why not?

I believe it was the poet Robert Browning who said  " a man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for".   Sometimes it's the only thing that makes sense to me.



Elise Muller said...

I really like this embroidery! The purple rays meeting the turquoise in the shirt is really powerful. I think it's going to be exquisite.

Enchanted Blue Planet said...

It's been an interesting headspace to work so small. I'm glad you feel the power in so tiny a piece.

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