Thursday, March 26, 2009

Think Outside the Box

I've said before that you meet the nicest people in a needlepoint store.... You also meet some very talented people :-)

Shortly after opening the shop I met a stitcher who truly pushes the envelope. Cara Sue doesn't follow traditional philosophies of what needlepoint should look like. She follows her heart. There are few counted recognizable stitches in her work. She leans more toward surface embroidery on canvas, crossing almost into stumpwork.

She begins with a painted canvas and allows it to speak to her, telling her what areas need to come forward and which need to recede. From there she sometimes cuts holes in the canvas finishing the edges much as you would Hardanger.

In this piece she not only cut holes but added dimensional details. The canvas is a handpainted piece by Patti Mann.

It's not important whether you like the piece or not, only that you see it for what it is. The work of a needle artist thinking outside the box.
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