New Work: Soft Sculpture
Finished! I've finished the small soft sculptures I've been crafting in my studio. (These were inspired by the similar landscape mobile I made for my son's nursery in October.) Lately, the majority of my stitches have been made by hand instead of by my trusty sewing machine. The whir of the machine wakes the little one during his short naps but hand stitching is perfectly silent. (And three cheers for "perfectly silent" if it means more minutes in the studio.)
I taught myself the blanket stitch to finish the edges and I've become rather smitten with that stitch, I admit. These are nature-inspired small sculptures: birds, raindrops, clouds, trees, and rain-turned-triangles that all fall into view as I peer out the studio window. Rooftops and squirrels and cats just might be next? Or, maybe, bicycles and buses will follow?
I like looking up from a project and noticing the regular neighborhood characters passing by my window at their regularly appointed times--the man with the furrowed brow crossing the street from his garage to his pick-up and back again; the squirrels racing over the roof from the tree limbs in front to the tree limbs in back; the young athletic mother with the toddler on his tricycle always speeding ahead; the old blond lab with the limp and his patient gray-haired owner.
We are certainly creatures of habit--the squirrels, the dogs, and the human types too.
Happy Monday, friends.