[Sorry this is late…I thought I had it scheduled for yesterday, but apparently I didn’t press the right buttons. 😩 ]

The last SAL was three weeks ago. I have to apologise for the skimpy post that is was. It was also the day when we Melbournians found that we were in for six weeks of strict Stage 4 restrictions. Not a good day for thinking about anything but what was ahead of us. I have written a post about it, if you would like to catch up. I won’t go into it here, because I want to concentrate on my work.

Lately I have been scraping acrylic paint onto brown paper, and then tearing it up. I found it makes the most wonderful rocks. I glued the strips onto paper, then I wondered about sewing them onto material. You can see that it works well, but but not a good as I would like. When sewing onto paper the paper moves more freely under the foot of the machine. However the material was gripped by the teeth, and only wanted to go in straight lines. I would prefer a more organic line.

Last time I showed you where I was up to ~ couching and random cross-stitching. The difference with the other piece I was working on was adding the material shapes under the embroidery.

Oh, another difference is that it is much smaller, so it is finished. Yay!

contemporary embroidery

I have pinned it onto a stretched canvas, to give a rough idea of the finished look.

I enjoyed it and am currently working on another ~ to show next time!

I am part of a group of stitchers that share their personal stitching work every three weeks. Go and have a look at the wonderful work that is being done all around the world. Everyone is doing something very different, but always interesting.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

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Anne, I am always intrigued by your process, and as you know I *love* your work. I’m amazed that you can get paint and paper to look so much like something form nature. It’s stunning. I’m off to look at your links as well. I’ve enjoyed this brief visit and a view of your art.

I am sorry to hear about another lockdown. It’s painful to see New Zealand flare up again , too. I had so much hope. xo

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Thanks Alys.I was quite surprised how well the paper turned out too…and it is certainly quicker!
We are over half-way into our lockdown, and the numbers are certainly going down. So while it is hard, it is working. And you are having to deal with the horrendous wildfires…..what a miserable year Americans are having.


Anne, looking good there…the art as well as you – oops did you post yourself, no!

I find that sometimes the papers catch on the base plate and then the thread gets in a tangle as well – but it’s interesting how one can successfully stitch it all together – even if interesting and seemingly uncontrolled aspects…

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That made me smile Catherine, as I rarely post photos of myself! My hair, which is usually short, has grown long enough to be put into a little ponytail 😊
Often those tangles and things that don’t quite work show us something different and interesting.


I dont know if I should say, but these remind me of healing wounds (the sort you get on your knee if you trip as a kid). It’s the organic nature of them and the collage giving it depth. It makes me want to touch the layers.

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I like the healing aspect, Emma. It gives it a deeper meaning for these Covid times ~ healing the land, healing our lives. Thanks for the suggestion. (The strips often remind me of prosciutto!)

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Thanks Gun. The stitching is quick because it is all random. I admire the patience in work like yours where you have to be much more precise. It helps too that it is a small area to stitch.

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I enjoy the contrast between the paper and the stitching. Making the paper was fun, because it is scraping paint across brown paper with an old gift card. So different to the detailed precision of botanic painting!

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And the textural feel between the paper and the stitching is so different. I am glad I found the idea of putting them onto canvas. Under glass would take so much away from that strong texture.


I am pleased it resonates Sharon. My inspiration was a bluff in the Grampians National Park in Victoria, but it is great to know there are majestic bluffs in Zion. Maybe someday I will be able to see them for myself. 🤞🏼


My background is botanical art, so doing things like this is way outside that discipline! Actually the next one is quite like this one. However I am playing around with tearing up old works and stitching them down.

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Thanks for the suggestion, Avis. I trying lowering the feed dogs, and the material didn’t move anywhere. I could pull it through, but with difficulty and little control. Do you think an embroidery foot would help?


Who knew indeed! I am still (pleasantly) surprised to know that it works. Tearing up the paper was very satisfying, and brown paper gives lovely ragged edges. Other paper seems to tear more evenly.

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Thanks for the suggestion Claire. I did try them lowered, but the material didn’t move at all. (I also had problems raising them again, but that’s my machine, and a different issue!) I am thinking about using an embroidery foot. Would that work do you think?


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