Today we're visited by the amazingly skilled and talented Chawne from Completely Cauchy. Chawne is a huge inspiration to me in her approach to both the craft of and meaning behind needlework - her work is often an experiment, sometimes surprising, and always, always thoughtful. I'm so pleased to have her here today to tell us about what she's got in the hoop!
For ease of skill building, I spent years practicing embroidery by designing simple redwork inspired by pop culture. At some point, though, deeper meaning had to come along to keep my interest.
Lately, “meaning” means explorations of identity and difference, with a nod to historical contexts. A captivating cigar ad from the mid-1800s caught my eye, I manually pixilated the design, adapted it for ease of x-stitching, and the rest is simple. I embarked on building this little brown baby (at 40 st/in, eek!) back in early 2013.
His name around here is Moses Archimedes Reynolds, Jr, or L’il Mo’ if you’re lazy. I’d plotted out a stitching schedule to make a nine-month gestation, with wiggle room for a late birth. But, well, life has a way of getting in the way and other shiny projects popped up. The whole baby is stitched actually, but there is far more to place in the background to tell the story. Someday ... he's still patiently waiting on his scroll frame.
What are you stitching? Please share in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!