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


  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?

  2. See!....

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

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

    Love the new heart...

    x Chris

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

  4. Lovely piece. Sounds like a meditative process.

  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.

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



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