I am a member of an art group. We are an intimate group who have known each other and worked together for two decades or more. We work specifically with textiles, creating Portraiture, Still Life, collage, art quilts, bed quilts, garments, accessories and jewelry. We use dyes, paints, and inks in our art; to print, and stain fabric, we use resists and discharge and other media to convey and express ourselves within our art form. We use stitch to further mark and add texture.
Our latest endeavor, is a challenge to use stitch, whether hand or machine to create embroidery and applique as a design feature. Specifically...Boro which is a Japanese technique used during the Edo era. Boro is how fabric was repaired using fabric patches and traditional needlework called Sashiko to add strength and longevity in garments.
I've studied and practiced the quilt stitch and darning stitch (a.k.a. the running stitch) to design primitive and rustic embroideries for art and garments.
The past year I have been working on a series mastering the running stitch to embellish the cloth. There are four pieces in the series, which has been a slow and contemplative process. I hope to complete this project by the end of the year, December 31. What am I saying, that is in four days. I may have to set a new deadline.