Saturday, April 11, 2020

The 100 Day Project #3 & #4

Days 3 and 4 #The100DayProject #100pinpoems

My pin poem for day 2 was rather dark and I heard that my granddaughter was finding self isolation and schooling from home was a bit difficult last week. #3 then became an affirmation, far from a traditional haiku but still with the  3 line formation with 5-7-5 syllables. 
Be like a princess
Wear your invisible crown 
Love the self you are. 
The pin is a machine embroidered one - free form. This is done fairly quickly, directly onto the fabric. As you can see from the photo above, I use a "darning"  or "embroidery" foot , with straight stitch, and the sewing machine feed dogs lowered. For this kind of small exercise, I put the fabric into a hoop and I usually do a warm up before tackling the "real" work. I think the main tip with this sort of machine stitch 'drawing' is to always remember to keep the fabric moving and foot on the pedal. 

For Day 4, I made a small collage depicting the super moon of the last few nights. I started with an amateurish photo ....
 I am often asked how to start a collage.... I always start with a photo or a drawing for reference. Then ...choosing materials - fabric and/or paper. I usually sit the materials around me and "rehearse" them together, in different combinations, checking for good contrasts, complementary colours, textures and weight. 
 For this collage, I used very little variety of material, a dark blue, painted paper, organza and snippets from an organza ribbon After laying out the fabrics, I did some machine stitching as well as a few stitches by hand around the moon. 
'Super Moon aglow 
Dismisses cloudy darkness
New day beginning . '
And if you hadn't already seen #1 and #2

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