When I wrote my last post I had just finished the red ridges and white geometric areas (representing the peaks above the snow line and the snow capped mountains below of the Turpan Depression). This week I softened the white area by interspersing the white shapes with directional seed stitches. Then I went about defining the next section, first with raised ridges of palestrina stitch, followed by thinner, less raised lines of stem stitch and finally finer lines of stem stitch to provide directionality.
Here's how the entire piece looked after all the solid lines were stitched in.
In this photo you can see the seed stitches in between the white rectangles. (Don't forget you can see a larger photo by clicking on the image).
Here you can clearly see the three levels of linear stitching.
And in mega mega close up showing the row of tiny knots formed by palestrina stitch. To give you some idea of how fine the stitching is, the ground fabric is 24mm silk habotai with a very fine dense weave.
I love the way the close up photos show the myriad fine, shiny silk strands that together form a single thread.
Today I proceeded to fill in the linear areas with directional seed stitches.
Notice how the colour of the dyed fabric is brighter than the thread used for the seed stitches on top, thus enlivening the image and giving greater textural and directional definition to the seed stitches.
By my calculation it will probably take me another day and a half perhaps (about 10 hours) to finish the seed stitching. Then it's onto the water way in the middle that will be the focus of the entire work. I will need to do some thinking and contemplation to find a way to meaningfully represent this area of the work. I love the puzzle solving stage and the meditational act of stitching afterwards. Stay tuned for more updates.
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