Just a small art quilt that I began yesterday, using some really beautiful hand-dyed silk organza pieces from Heike.
When I was stitching the wool felt squares over the weekend, I found myself wondering if that same straight stitch would work on something lighter in weight. You can’t get much lighter than silk, and it seems to work just fine.
No bonding, no glue; just silk thread. No hoop or frame; just resting the work on a table top. It seems to find its own tension. Generally I don’t like using hoops or frames. I don’t like the fact that hoops are usually round when the grain of fabric is square. I don’t like to see fabric stretched so unnaturally taut. It always reminds me of something on the rack being tortured. And I don’t like the fact that you can’t see the whole piece all at once: you can only really see the part framed by the edges of the hoop, so you can’t really tell if the whole piece will look balanced. I guess if I did more in the way of ‘proper’ embroidery I might have to get used to it. There are times when a hoop is really necessary, but thankfully I think this isn’t one of them.