Tuesday, 4 May 2010
work in progress
A peek at my workspace, I don't think I have ever shared a photograph of my sewing machine before, except perhaps a flash of presser foot..... here you can see the large piece I am working on and just how far I have to go before this one is completed. I have given it the working title 'Poetica' - that may change, as titles often do.
Claire asked a really good question yesterday, thanks Claire - I was just wondering for a work of this size do you sketch it out first, go with the flow or a combination of both? Answer is: I am improvising this one, as I do with nearly all my stitched pieces. I have a general idea that there will be a 'spine' of focus detail. I am working from the centre out, as that is the best way to stitch for me, both to get a flow in the overall composition and so that I don't have any lumps and bumps in the cloth. I do sketch little ideas on paper and will refer to previous work. So, I'll think about incorporating different stitch patterns, like checkerboard, spidery stitchwork, a variety of faces and how to put them together.
As you can see here, my sewing machine is pretty basic. I am often asked if I have a 'fancy computer machine' and you can see here I really don't. I'm working on a little table with my machine and a few essentials on hand. One essential is my ipod. I like to listen to music to help focus my concentration.
I hope to share more photos of the actual work as the stitches come to life.....