It started when I was asked to contribute to a multi artist collaborative project to which I couldn’t say no, regardless I didn’t possess the necessary skill set. One day I’ll try and take this piece of my psyche apart to find out where the crack is, for now embroidery has taken over my life. Just about everything else has receded, and I now do only three things on a regular basis: walk round and round Gallow Hill, like a hamster on a wheel; bake bread; and embroider.
So far I’ve done two panels for the Do What You Can, Where You Can, Black Lives Matter project*
and now I want to embroider words on everything. Actually, I also want to embroider mathematical equations on the cuffs of my shirts, and the periodic table on… I’m not sure what. But I have a problem: getting the design onto the fabric. I tired heat erasable pens, and they are quite good, but they don’t always disappear entirely, so any little mistake can ruin everything. You have to be absolutely sure about where you make your marks, and I’ve discovered I never quite am. Pencil works well enough on white fabric, and mistakes wash out, but it didn’t show at all on either of the fabrics I used for the panels, which resulted in a number of false starts, and quite a bit of waste. So I’m now trying something I’d never heard of only days ago.
I’ve already wasted a king’s ransom’s worth by printing various sizes of the Periodic table, all of which didn’t quite work for one reason or other, so, having learnt my lesson, I’m now practising with small strips on which I handwrite with biro. It doesn’t matter if I don’t quite follow the letters exactly, because the printable sticky fabri-solvy will dissolve, leaving only my darling little stitches. Or that’s the idea. I just hope I can get to the stage of creating darling little stitches before I run out of it.
As you can see I have quite a way to go before I can risk letting myself loose on the cuffs of my best silk shirts.
But I’m hoping that if I can work out the printer problems; get to the stage where I have found a font I both like and can translate into stitches with relative ease; and work out the best size text to use for each project, I’ll get there. Eventually. Then I’ll need to work out what to do with all the useless stuff I’ve made in the process… What fun!
*If you’d like to know more about the project and the people thus far featured you can go here.