A New Sewn Drawing and the Old is New Again!

You may remember my post last week with an embroidered triangle drawing. Well, I pulled back out the needle and thread this morning:

What fun it is to draw with thread! I suppose I’ve taken my monochromatism to another level here—from my normal black and white to white and white! Ahh. Toss this one into a white frame, and then it would truly be a comment in white. One of my favorite thing about these sewn drawings is the shadow that the thread creates on the paper—it adds another dimension. I need to get a better photo of this phenomenon, but for now, you’ll have to settle for this one. While I was sewing this drawing, I got an idea for another, so I’ll definitely be continuing with these—who knows where, but somewhere fun and quirky and abstract for sure.

Sewing this, I was reminded that I’ve been taking a little voyage into the past these days, with a modern twist! About a month ago now, I saw this post over at the blog Indie Fixx about finding penpals. It is the ultimate modern technology (the internets) helping promote very old technology (letter writing)—I was able to get in touch with some wonderful creative ladies who have now become my penpals.

I have been reminded by one of my new penpals Meghan of how old the tradition of embroidering is—and it’s also a very womanly pursuit—for centuries, women have been sitting in drawing rooms embroidering. That, and the letter writing reminds me of Jane Austen—the lovely ladies in her books are always writing letters and embroidering—at times in her books it seems like these pursuits are all they have to divert themselves as they wait and wait and wait, and things unfold in minute slowness.

It’s funny to me that I am now doing the same things, although I don’t think any of those ladies would have been embroidering wild abstract triangle drawings, but still, the heritage! What I’m doing is new but old. If you are into embroidery and such, definitely check out Meghan’s blog for lots of great embroidery!

In case you’re interested, I also have two other new creative penpals: Nadiah and Merissa. What a creative trio of ladies that I feel lucky to be in contact with, and the letter writing has begun—actually, I have letters from all three of my penpals anxiously waiting to be answered. Check your mailboxes soon ladies!

Happy making everyone!


3 Responses to “A New Sewn Drawing and the Old is New Again!”

  1. 1 Mike McLaren March 25, 2010 at 10:58 am

    That’s really cool. I especially like the white on white.

  2. 2 linda March 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Love how you are following your muse, experimenting and discovering. It’s definitely inspiring :) Have fun!

  3. 3 artproject2010 March 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Wow. This is just gorgeous. As you can see, I’m catching up on your blog. I love this. You’re amazing!

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