This latest heart was inspired by my earlier thoughts on hand written letters. The colors seem to reflect the colors of summer - aqua blue and lavender all blended together. As I worked this piece I also thought about the contrast between using a punchneedle to create loop-pile embroidery and using my needle and thread to create traditional embroidery. Punching in and out is 'physical' - not difficult, not intrusive but there is the in and out motion over and over again. Once start embroidering the felt for the back of heart I begin a very quiet, almost still movement. I like it because as the end of the project approaches, I'm working with silent, slow, movement across the cloth. It seems a perfect way to end each piece.
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light..." -
Elizabeth Barret Browning