I found this hideous little heart that I photographed in 2006 while cleaning up some old pysanky pages, so I probably made it a decade or more ago. I have no idea where it is now (nor do I care). I do, however, have an open slot for the week, part of a month long series to catch-up all the old kumi and beaded embroidery that's been gathering dust for the past 5 or 10 years, because while individual pieces may not be especially interesting, they do sometimes show evolution in my approach.
Cotton fabric, beads, thread, sequins. Perhaps 2–2.5 inches at widest point. Photographed 16apr2006. Page made 13sep2015, & finally gone live 14feb2018...
This started out as a GLBG project, which argues for it being older, since I mostly stopped going to meetings after we moved in 2003. However, I did make the occasional meeting, and the timing—April—suggests that I might have started it for the February (or January) meeting, given the theme.
Stylistically, it's closer to stockings than the semi-precious infused bead embroidery I've been documenting. Technically, however, the time-consuming thread embroidery—the wavy buttonhole stitch, or the silver curlicues echoing a subtle pattern in the fabric—put it closer to the bead embroidery category.
In fact, the styles are converging, and have been for years, though this is a particularly good example.
Evolution in this context does mean improvement, we hope. Though I suppose the work also reflects my changing environment—not only the presumable increase in understanding, but slowly failing eyesight, joint health, etc. In that sense it's a response the current situation, I guess.
As always, a flaw—in this case, the hole for the stuffing—became the driving force for the design—the first photo shows the back side.
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