My four day weekends have been reinstated, so there will be a little bit more crafting and other sorts of making posts on my blog, again. Yippee! I really missed my half-week of personal space.
I got up bright and early this morning, limped into the kitchen (the boat is still careened against the side of the Dinah Beach Yacht Club’s wharf, though I have gotten used to walking on a slope and feeling as though one leg is a foot shorter than the other) and made a cup of precariously tilting coffee. The tide was out and a few feet away from the back platform there was this egret stalking finger-sized fish in the shallows. It was an unusual point of view, for me, because we are rarely high-and-dry on a mud flat (thank god!) so I just had to take a picture. Bear with these occasional humdrum nature shots.
Later in the day I did the prep work for a new embroidery. There’s a Members’ Show coming up at Tactile Arts (that’s our local Craft Council Center) in November, and the theme is “Text”. No idea what I will finally put into the show, but I really want to use stitch and thought I’d get warmed to the theme by making an inspirational banner.
The fabric—some kind of valance— is the sister piece of the embroidery, Morir es descansar, and I found the pair at a Red Cross op-shop many years ago:
For the second piece I am using a variation on the imperative “Carpe diem.” So here’s the process I used to transfer the letters to the fabric…and it was much quicker this time than the last valance I embroidered! I flipped the words and then printed them out on regular printer paper. Trimmed around the words, and then roughly basted the pieces of paper to the wrong side of the valance.
I taped the valance to a window, with the paper pieces towards the glass, and drew what I could see of the design onto the fabric using a soft colored pencil (Derwent Inktense, in this case)
Here’s how the design looked after I removed the basting threads and the printed paper words. Because Derwent Inktense is water-soluble, I’m going to have to be very careful when I stitch the letters not to get my sweaty hands all over the drawing and smudge it. I wonder if a spray fixative would work on this the way it works on paper? I might try that, though I don’t want to stiffen the fabric surface, so I’ll test the spray on some other fabric, first. So far so good…
But there has to be a “and then I fucked it all up” part to every process, doesn’t there?
Here’s mine. And then I fucked it all up by trying to use dimensional paint on the first letter (was going to do the whole sentence, but after I saw what I had done on the ‘C’ I dropped the plan). My reasoning? The raised paint would save me from having to do all the padding of my satin stitches by hand, with needle and thread. Also thought maybe the copper coloring would give added interest when stitched over with satin stitches. AND I don’t know why, but metallic dimensional paint always seems like a good idea to me…it’s like I’m dying to use the stuff, but it never turns out the way I’d hoped. You’d think I would learn after a few spectacular failures, but I haven’t. I keep trying to fit this paint into projects.
Not ruined, I can fix it, but now I’m going to have to work harder at covering this mess up with very close, even, careful stitches. Gah.
Ich bin ein idiot, sometimes.