My favourite so far, I think.
Silk organza over 2.5″ circle of loose-weave cotton print. It’s always a little disconcerting how a photograph of work seems to show up imperfections in a way that the actual work doesn’t. I see from the picture that the outline circles are not quite right, and yet they look fine on the real thing. Not that I’m unhappy about that – I actually prefer the uneven appearance of hand stitches. I just hadn’t noticed until I saw the picture. The base cloth is hand-dyed cotton canvas.
I really like the effect that the silk organza gives: something like a misty morning in the autumn, or frost on a lake. I’d like to do some more with this technique, I think, but not just yet. I have a lot of work in progress at present and am feeling a little overwhelmed by it. ‘One stitch at a time,’ I tell myself, ‘and it will all be fine.’ ‘I only have two hands and they’re both very tired,’ my self replies. Myself and I are not on particularly good terms today. There may be some strike action.