Right, now for this canvas thing that has been giving me headaches. I made a very narrow strip of embroidery to go alongside the first piece and was really struggling as to how to mount it.
Then I had an idea, remember the scary idea that could have been disastrous. That idea was to cut away the fabric as close to the embroidery as possible and hope it didn't fall to bits or that I didn't go a ''snip'' too far. After doing it very slowly and in a state of sheer terror I got there in the end.
And voila! here it is mounted on canvas with a little running stitch on the actual canvas. What do you think?
I actually have it here in front of me as I'm typing and it is better in the flesh so to speak but you know I'm still not convinced. Some of you may be sick of me moaning on about this and I'm sorry but I just don't know, simple. I had a converstaion with a good friend of mine about this and she asked what I would do with my work if I was a customer, would I frame it, mount it, use it in my own work. In all honesty I would keep it in a drawer, it would be enough for me to know it was there, to take out and look at as and when I wanted. There is a quote that stays with me from my research by an artist called Susan Lordi Marker,
''that which is carefully wrapped, protected and put away for another time has value even if never touched or looked at again.''
What more can I say, that sums up how I feel about my work. Who am I to say you should have any piece of embroidered cloth on a canvas, behind glass, in a frame, not my decision, it's your piece of cloth. So I have started another piece specifically to mount on canvas but I think it will probably be the last. This one is in the shop and we''ll see what happens but then I have plans. The cloth for 'sparkle' needs to progress then I have a piece in mind which will take me way back, embroidering text onto silk. Enjoy the rest of your sunday........yay!! I don't have to cook!