what doesn’t work

As you know, I have been playing around with free hand machine embroidery and it was inevitable that at some point, I would try to create a face with it.  Here it is.

While I am very pleased that I was able to control the fabric enough to get a relative likeness, I am not pleased at all with the results.  The thread is way too shiny (most of it is rayon).  Applying color is similar to pastels, you have a certain selection and you must make do with it.

But…  I could see a huge tapestry-like wall hanging, embroidered faces with bodies and narrative a la William Morris and friends.  Not that I will ever take on a project that size.  Can you even imagine the amount of time that would take?

Here is another shot in progress.   I liked it better at this stage.

Speaking of time…

I know most artist get a little put out when asked how much time did something take to do.  I find that I am just plain interested in the time exerted along with the materials used in creating something.  It is part of the final work of art.  If time were irrelevant, then it seems the link between creation and creator is irrelevant.

Anyway, that’s my opinion and I apologize if I have ever offended you by that question.  So, want to know how long it took me to do this?  🙂


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4 Responses to “what doesn’t work”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    It still is amazing to be able to pull that off free handed.

  2. Karen Owen Says:

    Yep, how long?

  3. Elizabeth Harper Says:

    I do … and I think it looks amazing!

  4. Kathy Spoering Says:

    How long? (A vital question, from a tapestry weaver!) And I know you may not think it was successful, perhaps comparing it to the source, but it reads VERY well as a face.

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