Sunday, May 22, 2016

- Picturing process

Patch #143 I love you





I was absent on Mother's Day this year, off strolling about New Orleans. So my card, made by Meg and Griffin, was not received until Tuesday ...


Written across the bottom in orange crayon were the letters "NANA" ... and all I could think was how much love and effort went into forming each one.

Having recently revisited a technique I used (and then forgot) on Triangulation (see Index in side bar), I decided to document the process this time lest I forget again.

First I chose the fabrics I wanted to use for my patches and ironed them into 1 3/4" strips (using cover stock cut to size) ...


Next I photocopied the text and cut out the letters. Using a large needle to poke holes in the text, I transferred the marks to linen by going over each hole with water-erasable marker  ...


I cut the patch to size and finger-pressed the ends ...


inserted a bit of harem cloth inside the patch ...


and used Jude Hill's invisible basting stitch (aka glue stitch) to secure the edges ...


The actual stitching, with two strands of floss worked in Jude's split back stitch, gave me the chance to experience the path that G took in forming each letter ...


In the end, I made three patches in our favorite colors ...


orange for G, blue for Don (aka Pop Pop) and green for me. 

N.B. The individual patches can be viewed in the Retrospective posts for 
May 10-12.

6 comments:

Susan McQuade said...

What a sweet way to capture the artwork of those wee hands! I am sure they will be delighted when they see it. Have a good night. Blessings.

Liz Ackert said...

For sure, I'm looking forward to G-Day more than usual

Mo Crow said...

beautifully stitched

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Mo ... I had a lot of fun yesterday

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

to learn to write....the most amazing thing on the planet i think....

and Nice Knees!

Liz Ackert said...

I quite agree (about writing) ... as for knees, thank you!