It’s been a while since I’ve embroidered and it’s long past overdue. I have been sewing, but not so much of the playful kind. I do have a couple of pairs of pants to make, but I need something more. Something to work on during quiet times at night. Something thoughtful. Something hand work. So I have started a new embroidery. For the background, I’ve hand stitched together some strips of batiks onto a base cloth of navy cotton. I like the navy for the borders, but next time I’ll use a lighter color directly under the strips. I’m not sure I like the way the navy darkens the lighter fabrics.
Inspired by some folk art goats that my mom and sister have been painting, I dug around in my sketchbook and came up with a sketch from the zoo that I like. It’s a mountain goat. A pretty simple gesture sketch, but one I like all the same.Using the goat on the left as a start, I’ve appliqued some shapes in fun colors. Don’t you just love a blue goat?
Although the background is stitched raw edges, the goat has turned under edges. I’m trying both to see which I like working with better. If I do as much embroidery as I think I may be doing, then the raw edges may be a better choice. We shall see.