Friday, 20 November 2009

....finished....

The small panel I started earlier in the week has now been finished - complete with antique french writing....

It was really nice to have soft, pliable fabric in my hand again - it's been some time since I did any kantha-type stitching.






Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!......I was *1 yesterday...................


...so I took myself off to.... Busy Bees in Newport......for a fabric fix!


Have a look at these beauties!






....and I dug out these threads to go with them.....





Projects are already in mind.


....Ooooooooooooooooo I'm going to have some fun!

9 comments:

Dolores said...

Well, Happy B....day to you and it was nice that you treated yourself. That way, you get what you want.

Dolores said...

whoops, forgot to say, I really like the little panel.

Chris Gray said...

Thanks Dolores!...yes I did get what I wanted..

Eva said...

Congratulations! Also to this neat piece of work.

kay susan said...

That's really nice, and quite different to your previous work. I really like it. Look forward to seeing where you go with it!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Happy birthday, I hope that it was a good one, it looks like it, to have a day getting fabric! I like your panel, I am on a kantha workshop tomorrow in Chelmsford.

Chris Gray said...

This kind of stitching is really not unusual for me - it just hasn't been shown since I started blogging because I was already in the midst of exhibition artwork.

This is the kind of stuff that I do a lot of in-between more "serious" design/art work phases, and there is a definite difference between the two styles.

I try to aim for a body of expo work every 2-3 years, although sometimes it can need a longer "incubation period". I can't force it - it just doesn't work.

So, during these periods I go back to doing "soft" stitching - kantha, cross-stitch etc in lighter, softer shades. This keeps me occupied whilst the serious design goes on in the background.

At present, the "Tribal" series has almost run it's course - apart from small pieces of "production". There was a gap of 4 years from the end of the previous "symbolic" series before "Tribal" manifested itself.

I've already got some ideas for the next theme - different continent - different style. This will be worked on, but won't be blogged until quite a large number of pieces have been completed - working towards another Expo in 2011.

..there'll be a lot of "soft-stitching" in the meantime..

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Is it turning into love stitching red? I love your stitched piece, it's absolutely gorgeous and I love the fabrics you showed. Hope you had a wonderful birthday Chris

Have a great week ahead
Love
Carolyn x

Clare Wassermann said...

Hi - I've not met you before, I love what I see and will look out for more!