More Crossed Letters

stitched words claudia s

Well the rain rain falls
all morning up on the roof
out of mind (mind) (mind)

You may remember that Claudia McGill and I did a collaboration with writing, and I said I would do some stitching over the final project to add another layer.  After a delay with running out of the embroidery floss I was using and my generally slow pace of stitching, the results are above.  I took Claudia’s words from her deconstructed poem and made a kind of haiku from them, and then cross-stitched most of it on the writing.

stitched words claudia back s

I really like the way the “wrong” side of cross-stitched makes mysterious patterns in an unknown graphic language, so that’s the side that shows up over the writing.  But it looks nice on its own as well (as you can see, I used the back of a paper from an old sweater design for my original letter–no paper goes to waste in my artistic pursuits!)  Here’s how it looked before I stitched it:

me claudia 2s

Nina and I are both overwhelmed with life at the moment, so we are again suspending our posts until we can actually make a regular creating time.  But I will still be checking in when I can to see what everyone’s up to.


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20 responses to “More Crossed Letters”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    Very cool collaboration, stitching, and haiku.
    The repeating words are like the rain echoes or dripping.

    I understand the life overwhelming–hope it’s nothing too serious for you or Nina.

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  2. Sharon Mann says :

    Deconstructing and reconstructing a very worthy pursuit. I like the back side of embroidery too. See you and Nina when you return.

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  3. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    Take care! This is really amazing!!

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  4. Jodi says :

    amazing creative collaboration! Take care and get back on track! See you soon.

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  5. Claudia McGill says :

    Wow, I love how this has worked out. I did some embroidery work in my younger days so it gives me an appreciation of how your process went, and I was interested that the “wrong” side is on the writing, because I remember I often thought the back side of my sewing was more interesting than the front, and now I see that vision carried out here, I felt kind of an ESP shiver or something (I may be drifting into la la, please be patient here!) And the haiku, well, I felt that you took the essence of all that writing and words and distilled them into a little pearl. I just love it, and that the collaboration has continued to live. Thank you.

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  6. Jill Kuhn says :

    Wow! Love the back side and how you both collaborated on this project. 💙🎨👍 Turned out so cool! 😃 I will look forward to your return!

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  7. Cecilia says :

    This is such a great experiment, I’d like to see more of these! Just wonderful, thank you!

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  8. Dave Kingsbury says :

    The idea of making something new from words is a powerful one … something like a wish to read between the lines, perhaps … as well as being a design thing? Language doesn’t seem enough these days, somehow …

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