In the works! 16 new hand painted threads from Connie Pickering Stover.
While I stitch each 6″ square of needlework I recognize that they are truly like life rafts that help me keep my balance and safety.
It was inevitable that the question of what I call my art would come up sooner or later – and it did.
Since I’m a website designer – my real job – the internet is my lifeblood. So today, after struggling with my internet connection for three days – it finally went down for good. I had wait for a few hours for Cox to come out and then wait for a few hours while they fixed it.
Christine’s work is work is primarily about hand-stitching, which is near and dear to my heart. The first time I saw her amazing work I knew we were kindred spirits in that we love the process and beauty of hand made stitches.
“After Gees Bend” was a project years in the making. I followed the women of Gees Bend and their breathtaking quilt designs for over 10 years. I just couldn’t get enough of their bold attack on design; making un-square squares, crooked angles, mismatched patters, and daring leaps of imagination that created quilts that are now museum quality works of art.
This was a project I didn’t want to see end. It constantly kept my mind busy and continually stretched my imagination.
A trick to maintain balance in the overall design is to “break out of the box” for more visual interest. In other words, don’t contain every detail within your frame.
spontananityOne of the challenges to freestyle needlepoint is that you’ll need to plan ahead without looking like you planned ahead!
No experienced artist will use the paint straight out of the tube. Instead, they mix and mix until they get just, exactly the right color.