This piece has a definite character and personality of its own. For one thing it is bigger than I am. And being a heavy cotton canvas it has been a very physical wrestling match to get it through the machine. I should try feeding it cat biscuits.
This has been quite a struggle – moving furniture to accommodate= nailing to the garage to dye= but the scale has been fun. It has meant a lot of stitching to fill the spaces – over 500m of on the trees at present, and they will get more once it is dry. I have been using a vintage Singer darning foot, it seems more sympathetic than the generic freehand ones, the lever engages on the needle screw in the same way but with out the thump as it is raised. Both of the extreme enthusiasts, Colin the Frister-R 500 and the New Home XL-II, seem happy to work with it, with a minor modification, even at full speed.
The beastie is now hanging in the shower cubicle, I have been washing the excess dye off, and this seemed like the best place. I only hope it dries during the day – I have guests arriving tomorrow! This is the back –
next week should be the grand reveal.
With any luck this could be the centre piece of my York Open Studios show – only if I find somewhere big enough to hang it!