Connecting Threads 2017

My first blog post for a while.  I have been busy sampling and refining techniques in print and stitch: in particular re-learning  the Bernina embroidery software and the workings of my digital sewing machine now that it is finally up and running again.

Last year I made three small pieces of work almost as an after thought for the Imagined Landscapes exhibition.  It was here that all the elements of my work seemed to work one with each other…layers of hand made silk papers,  hand printed from laser etched wood blocks enhanced with handstitching…stitch as drawing.  Here the concept of hand made digitally-digitally handmade began to make sense…something I had been working on for a while.

The small samples shown here challenged not only me but the machine, in particular how to stitch through layers of hand made surfaces without creating havoc with the fine tuning of a digital sewing computer.  Something my older, work horse non digital  bernina wouldnt have batted an eyelid at.

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2 thoughts on “Connecting Threads 2017

  1. Hello Ruth- it’s been a long time! I’m really impressed with your Blog and by the way you manage to be both professional and personal within it.
    This recent work, the Connecting Threads pieces, are lovely. Most of all they evoke foliage and botanical illustration for me. Don’t stop!
    Jan xxxx

  2. Hi Jan, yes it has been a long time. No I am not going to stop now. I seem to have spent many hours trying work out what direction I want to go in. The pieces on Connecting Threads are my most recnts works which really speak to me as well. I have been trying to find a balance between making surfaces, stitch as mark making and print, so that each element is a part of the whole work. Thank you being encouraging. I value your comments. Ruth xxx

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