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One of the books that I made during the class I took with Dorothy Caldwell is for a new personal project. A point that really drove home for me during that week with her is that my love of hand stitching has been taking a back seat to my paint flinging. I love them equally but I don’t feel as if I’ve really made that obvious.

I’m also understanding deeper that hand stitching has a history that I feel quite privileged to be a part of. I’ve decided to bring it forward more in my artwork and make it the focus of some work rather than a supporting act that fades into the background.

I put together a simple book using the technique that Dorothy showed us and I’m calling it my Hand Stitched Diary.

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Dorothy had a us do a free form stitch exercise and that’s really what made me decide to do this book. I gave that exercise a place of honor in the center of the book:

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On the cover is a small experiment with stitching on a different material. I parked the needle there just to keep track of it but I like the way it looks, as part of the composition, so I’m going to leave it.

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Initially I thought I would add pieces of stitched cloth to the book as a way to experiment with different stitch patterns. Kind of an academic study. And I may still do some of that but as I’ve been watching the news lately and wondering how in the hell to feel about so many things, I’ve decided it needs to have the space to be a much deeper project.

I’m going to include pieces of fabric that I’ve stitched in response to how I’m feeling – happy, sad, outraged, content. I’ll do a little writing beneath it. There is no agenda for a timeline, I will simply do this as I feel like it. It’s one of those things that cannot function under the constraints of a deadline.

Here is a new entry, the hand stitched piece is obscuring the writing beneath it. On purpose. There is a lot unpleasant going on right now and I want to hide it, I want it to be something that is in the past.

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4 Responses to hand stitched diary

  1. Mia June 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Fabulous!

  2. Julie B Booth June 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi Lynn…strangely, I feel that we are on parallel paths. I too have returned to hand stitching and coming up with a class to emphasize the potential of mark-making with stitches has really sent me off in a fulfilling and enriching direction. I love what you are doing here. I’m just completing a stitched sampler book that has some samplers and stitch challenges that I had as part of the class. Just the title page to finish…I feel a sense of real accomplishment!

  3. Misty Cole June 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    question please, are you sewing your stitched pieces into the book or attaching them some other way? thanks

  4. Cynthia Vose January 29, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Appears I’m a bit late seeing this post. Just loving this idea and your creativity. So glad I found you through Melanie and Carol’s blog hop for their new book. I use hand stitching in my sketchbooks and journals. Thanks so much for the inspiration to get working on a spiral book that has been waiting for years for me to do something on it. Will definitely search for Dorothy Caldwell.

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