2. Aug, 2020

Resilience

I have been wanting to do more stitching directly onto leaves for a while now as I have an idea of how I want to mount some leaves and Haf Weighton"s challenge from last week's Stitch Club challenge seemed a good way to start as I did not want to make a "medal" to honour essential workers in Covid. I chose the word resilience which is hand stitched just above the hydrangeas. We all need to be resilient in this changing world we now live in. I should have used a darker thread most probably but this worked at least as a prototype. I used net to support the leaf especially because at this time of year these plane leaves - which were everywhere in the park behind my house in the Autumn - are a bit brittle now. I also sprintzed the leaf with water. I stitched through the leaf and the net with a blanket stitch all the way around and then I stab stitched the hand written work. the Hydrangeas were some I had stitched through an organza sandwich in the late Summer. Once the stitching was don, I trimmed off the net. I need to go back and either trim again or colour the edges of the net black with a marker pen . I have stitched these eaves previously but always in an organza sandwich to support the leaves. Resilience seemed a good word as the leaf itself has had to be resilient to take this treatment