|First stitches & supplies, Higgs Boson Particle|
Q: When do I finish editing a piece?
A: Never. Not even after it is framed and I've given it away.
Q: Why do I get so excited translating an image or idea into stitch and textile?
A: I love thinking in texture and color. What else lets me do this?
|I see lots of layers in the piece. First layer, here.|
Two pieces in the hoops right now: a Higgs Boson particle and Boom, Redux.
|Transferring my design with a Sharpie on Sulky Solvy.|
The precision of all of the graphic representations I found of a Higgs Boson particle has been a challenge in designing this piece. How do I bring that precision to fabric and thread? Those hard edges?
|Initial attempts at designing. Too complicated at first.|
But part of what I enjoy about textiles is, for me, the wonkiness of the stitch. Especially when I'm trying to translate hard-edged imagery to fabric. I realize that there are more precise stitchers out there and I that I keep improving the more I stitch, but I enjoy the contrast.
We'll see if the simplified particle design works in the finished piece.
|Boom, Redux. Thick, back stick in a brick-style fill.|
And when it comes to editing, I'm never quite done. I wasn't happy with the way Boom turned out when I gave it as a holiday gift to my squeeze. He says he likes it, but I don't. So I've redesigned it and I'm restitching it. Rewriting the whole piece. Changing the stitches I'm using. Creating that thick, lush fill stitch I adore.
|The original Boom was weak to me.|
Trying to remake it to be worthy of the set, the recipient and my own vision.
It feels good to be true to your vision. Go!