As this post’s title suggests, the past week was spent finishing things up. The Icelandic top rug took forever to roll. I mean FOREVER! I think that is because of the wool batt I used for the base. It was suppose to be an Icelandic cross. Who knows what it was? Finally took it off the rolling machine today. It’s hard felt, worthy of many years of footwear. Again I was reminded of the importance of laying out a piece like this with equal amounts of wool everywhere. If the wool isn’t layered equally there will inevitably be soft spots.
Here’s a picture of it “in situ”. Looks much like it did in the picture of it wetted down but before rolling.
I spent several hours at the sewing machine, stitching a maze pattern on the piece I call Maze #3. I really like the layering I did with the stitching. I’m not sure if my out-of-focus picture shows the smaller maze pattern with finer stitches. It’s meant to be a kind of “ghost” pattern. And the bigger maze with heavier stitching the main pattern. I want to play around with this idea (feeling?) of layers of stitches more.
I think this one (also out of focus 😦 ) might show it better.
As I sewed I once again ruminated about hand vs. machine stitching. The effect that I have gotten from the machine stitching I would not have been able to get with hand stitching. So what’s the difference between using my sewing machine and that automatic cross-stitch machine I saw at the quilt shop? Is there one? I know my reactions to them are different. It’s an interesting quandary for me. One could ask the same question about the use of my rolling machine. Are my rugs truly hand-felted if I roll them on a machine? I do know that I probably wouldn’t be making rugs without the machine. And I have several felter friends who are very limited in the felt they can make because of physical disabilities. So there is some freedom granted by the machine. But I digress.
I also spent quite a bit of time working on framing or mounting finished pieces. And that was my week in the studio.