I love Natalie Chanin's work. I love the hand work and all those stitches and how the designs incorporate the stitches not merely as "fasteners" but also as important aesthetic elements. Her stitches feel intentional and thoughtful and necessary and I like that very much.
I've just finished my second Alabama Chanin project. This is my second barn swallow shawl (modified from the "rose shawl" pattern). You can see my first one here and the makings of this second one here. They are made entirely of up-cycled thrift store t-shirts.
This one is a gift. It will soon be packaged and sent on its way. It's an offering of gratitude and thanks for continued love and friendship.
And I tucked a special secret note into the underlining of this shawl. An added reminder that this one was made with love.
I always love to look at the underside of embroidery and applique. Something about the silhouettes of the shapes pleases my eye. How the applique on the front becomes abstracted from the underside--as if the stitch work left a shadow underneath. This look at embroidery and applique always makes me think of Lisa's beautiful work.
Lately, most of my studio time has been spent crafting utilitarian objects. Some for me. Some for the baby on the way. Some for friends. But as we rush around to prepare our home and our hearts for this sweet little babe due to join us in just 6 weeks--I can't help feeling like I'm 6-weeks out from an exhibition or production deadline. The to-do lists, research, websites, shopping lists, and design sketches feel very much like preparing for a big show. Perhaps, this is just the biggest show yet!
Hope you like the shawl. And hope you are having a happy week, friends.