Once it was a flat piece of cloth, then it encased a stone, then it was broken off and made flat again, showing all the c
uts, folds and pleats as pattern and scars.
It is now being stitched down to hold its shape and its history. The backing cloth has had its own saga, loosely snagged up in elastic bands before tea staining and then drenched with dilute inks. The plain cloth was too machined and perfect, this now is offering more.
It is slow at present – hand stitching outwards, following lines and seams. I have tried to raise some, the backing is a bit thick but it is trying to behave.
I have tried various threads, matching the ones sewn with on the stone and also experimenting with the frayed threads of the backing fabric. It may be an odd shape but I have hopes – It has a sense of landscape, it has a sense of having evolved rather than being designed. There are plenty of decisions still to make – blending over some of the edges to hide the fusion of the two layers of fabric, how neat to stitch, how much to stitch, whether to work in some paint, how about pencil marks and shading, or graphite powder?
Some of these techniques are covered in my classes and workshops – check out the list on the Want to Try page.