The Neville Public Museum is showing Through the Needle's Eye, the 19th national juried competition and exhibit from the Embroiderers' Guild of America. As much as I enjoy my fibery friends, there's still no one I'd rather see an exhibition with than Bill. It always surprises and delights me to hear his impressions of a show and the pieces in it.
He, of course, loved the 5-panel America The Beautiful tapestry. His other favorites were and The Last Fall by Carol Lynn Stratton and Out of the Flames by Kay F. Haley.
|Out Of The Flames by Kay F. Haley|
Deanna Funk of Springfield, Illinois used running stitch on stitched-resist shibori dyed background fabrics to create Paths and Circles and Rocks and Rills.
Karen Schueler of Newark, Deleware had two pieces in this traveling show -- Park By The Arroyo and Neighborhood.
|Neighborhood by Karen Schueler|
I ‘paint’ scenes of my neighborhood by stitching scraps of dyed fabric onto painted linen in the tradition of ‘rag pictures’. This is user friendly stitching. Need a color change – stitch another color over the top. Don’t like what you’ve done – snip it out. Need some definition of the shape – change your stitch direction. What were separate bits of fabric gradually meld together, stitch by stitch.And while I admire the technique, what I loved about the piece was the emotion it evoked. Nothing is quite as straightforward in any neighborhood as it might seem when viewed through rose-tinted glasses (what is hidden by that tall fence?). And yet we love what we love, including the flaws.
Plan A for the week didn't work out. We snipped something out, changed direction, and stitched together a Plan B that worked. And we're good on wood glue for a while now.