I have been working on water-soluble hospital laundry bags for many years and really hadn't been looking for new product. But his material is wonderful ! It is strong and can take a lot of pulling to tighten once it's in a hoop. Holes don't appear while it's being stitched a lot (a curse when using the 'saran-looking' water-solubles). I will be looking in local stores for it !
I did wonder, though, how water-soluble this fabric would actually be as it is quite a sturdy product. My concerns were put to rest when the condensation on my finger-tips (from my favorite beverage) accidentally touched a few areas of this fabric :)
Back in Feb/Mar I knew that one of my Group of Seven pieces would be done in free-motion machine lace. Finally this summer, while I was away camping, I pulled out that precious swatch, cut it up and rearranged the dimensions a bit and started my under-drawing and even got around to applying a few stitches.
|Starting my 2nd round of stitches overlaying the base stitches (white)|
I have begun more layers of thread in some ares and will probably end up with 4, 5 and 6 layers of thread before it is done. I will be 'boning up' on sewing snowflakes as they will play a major role along the border and falling from the bottom. It will hang from a devise hanger and hung at least a half inch from the wall so that light can travel through it and cast a lovely shadow.
Tom Thomson (my favorite of The Group Of Seven, ) created circles in some of his paintings where branches hung from trees touching the foreground creating a lovely circle for the eye to follow. I love circles and have incorporated this idea as well, adding a few naked pine branches that will not only emphasize the circle but will also create a network of branches to connect areas of heavy stitching so that when I dissolve the background everything stays in place and will not hang awkwardly in space.
This piece is inspired by a painting by Lauren Harris, of The Group Of Seven, called 'Winter Landscape with Pink House', 1918 - in which he, too, has created a circle for the eye to follow.
I don't have a name for this piece yet but as I go along an appropriate name will eventually come to me.