Tuesday, November 13, 2007


These two pieces have come together for me in ways that I have to call mystical. They are made from the hand dyed antique damasks and cutwork lace pieces that I have been collecting for a while now and based on that wonderful, cut-rate, ancient cotton muslin I scored at OHCO. In some place the holes in the fabric were just there from age and laundering. In other areas I used sandpaper and a rock to abrade the raw edges and thin places for tearing - cotton damask is rough stuff. This one (55"x40") finished with less painting than I first thought. The second piece has more stitching in it's future, some hand stitching and painting . They are both large, this oneis 57"x 42" , both too big to photograph inside the studio without picking up furniture in the frame but it's still dark out. After the top was constructed and hand basted, I put it through a rough, hot machine washing with some work clothes. When I went to build it, I found that I had exactly enough batting left, to the 1/4 inch. I didn't see those spooky eyes until after it came out of the dryer. Thinking about working on these pieces leaves me feeling vague and slightly possessed. I like it.


mzjohansen said...

Oh ! I really like these! They really are 'taking' to you !

Denise Aumick said...

I really like these pieces - especially that bottom one. Great new work, Deb!

Nellie's Needles said...

Do you mean to say that the figure of a person was unintended? It is so perfectly there from all the features with a widow's peak hairline. If it was not intentional, she/he is insistent on an appearance that you just cannot ignore. AMAZING!