Journal Page – Stitches from India
Stitches from India
Fabric, embroidery floss, pearle cotton, sequins, shiva mirrors
Stitches from India is a sampler created during a work session with one of the groups that I belong to – Fibre Optics Tuesday Group (FOG). FOG meets monthly and it is a ‘play day’ when members experiment with new or different techniques. There is no pressure to ‘produce’, just good times and fun! Jan and Meredith, our fearless leaders, also teach workshops at the Calgary Public Library and some of the projects from this activity are showcased on this blog as well.
This Stitches from India journal page is part of a 2014 and beyond series that will in part be a story of my life and of my art work. The only parameter I am trying to adhere to is size. The series may be mounted as a show or may be bound into an album. Time will tell.
During this workshop we learned about: Challa work: Chinese knots, or single wrapped loose French knots; Chemanthy: Tamil work, meaning Chrysanthemum; Kantha: Running stitch that may be paired, alternating or have no pattern; Pachis: Cross stitch; Muvvala Stitch: fly stitch, when used at angles with cross stitch above on clothing around the ankles; and Kamal Kadai: a woven stitch often used for flowers.
8.5 x 11 inches
In the artist’s collection.