I was working on some old things today and though I’d post a couple of them here today. Stitches: New Approaches by Jan Beaney was in my mail box today. So once my Saturday chores were done I spent most of my time there. Many thanks again to Susan Lenz for her recommendation.
These pieces are from five to seven years ago. You can see that black work was a big influence at that time. I’ve never lost my love for darning patterns either. The blue pieces are 100/3 silk on Monaco. The red piece is on 40-count linen. I think most of the threads are silk. I thought all of them were until I was working with this piece today. Now, I’m not sure, but think there is some cotton floss, too.
This last piece reminded me of the frustration I was feeling at that time about fabric. With counted thread it is hard to escape the square. I think this piece and a few others fueled my move toward some “off grid” work. You may notice I was attempting to minimize the elongated shape of the star like flower in this pattern.
I would like to acknowledge another You Make my Day Awards from Cheryl of Cheryl’s Chatelaine. Thank you so much for the honor, Cheryl. I’m sorry that this only came to my attention recently and after I’d written my original post. If you’re not familiar with Cheryl’s blog please do take time to swing by and see it. She’s involved with SharonB’s TIF challenge, too.