I have begun a new work for this Stitch-A-Long.

It is based on my memories of the bluffs that rise from the bush. Only memories, as I want to make it as abstract as possible. When I look at photos I see the details, and want to try to recreate them.

Original drawing

Then I experimented with sewing paper onto the material. It worked! There was the bluff.

Remember the couching and the sewing I did on the last work for this SAL? I am using the same idea for this piece.

I am going to enjoy doing the random stitching over the couched threads. There is a lot less to cover, so it will be quicker than the last one!

This Stitch-A-Long is for personal stitching projects. There are lots of interesting works to look at….just follow the links below. Thanks to Avis for organising us each three weeks.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

By anne54

Botanic artist

38 replies on “SAL”

Really like this – and how delightful to have a project that’s both satisfying and quicker to produce an end result than your previous one…a good transition project.

The way you handled the cliffs can be applied to a lot of mountainous scenes IMHO. A great technique in your tool box!

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I have created this bluff in different ways, including lots of original sketches from our camping ground. (What a shame we won’t be back there for a while. ~sigh~) I am glad it is working for you Kathy.

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i was going to write more about the process, Sharon, but yesterday, as well as being SAL Day was also when we found out that here in Melbourne we are to have much stricter stay-at-home measures for another 6 weeks. I felt rather flat!

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Oh Anne – I wish we would have some stricter measures here in the states. While we bounce from the red to green we our with mandatory masks and in a ‘phase two’ right now, My daughter in Okinawa Japan is in a very tight quarantine too now with a continuing rapid rise in cases. I totally understand – stay safe and smiling – hugs

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Things seem very dire in the States, Sharon, and I feel for you. Our strict stay-at-home is very difficult, especially as those able to go to work has been slashed to about a quarter, but we have to get the numbers down. I am glad that our leaders are taking action, so I can understand your anxiety and frustration. Stay safe ~hugs~

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This stay-at-home time has taught me to think of all the techniques I know as a toolbox. Then it is a matter of pulling out the right one for what I want to create.


I have just discovered the concept of liminal time. Have you come across it? it is the time between. Like rites of passage, where you are no longer a child but not yet an adult. We are going through liminal time, where the old way of life no longer exists and the new way is yet to be resolved. It’s a time of transformation as well as transition. So ‘time’ as we used to know it is measured differently ~ once we flatten the curve, when we get the numbers down, when we get back to a covid normal. Sorry to go on, but for me it seems to sum up this never-ending period so well. If you are interested, a search of ‘liminal time’ will bring up lots of material.

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I’ve never heard that expression before but you explained it beautifully. Kind of reminds me of a Japanese concept in art and garden design in which the empty spaces between ‘things’ are just as vital as the things themselves. Sorry, can’t remember what the concept is called.


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