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Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Love Letters" - Heart


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

6 comments:

  1. Lovely! You're making me want to add the punchneedle to my artistic toolbox. Where do you buy them? On line or needlework shop? It's small, right?

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  2. See!....

    ...another one's got the bug :-)

    You've started something now, haven't you?

    Love the new heart...

    x Chris

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  3. Intriguing to see the contrast between needle embroidery and punched embroidery.

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  4. Lovely piece. Sounds like a meditative process.

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  5. I so agree with the letter writing post and love your reaction to those thoughts. Great piece. Perhaps I'll go and look at my father's letters from WW11.

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  6. Oh my goodness, yet another piece that evokes incredible emotion. Absolutely beautiful, and so touching, Penny!

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