August 2021

the wheel turns–
we follow our tides

between waves
ebbing and flowing

Instead of a grid or circle collage this month, I decided to use this embroidery that I just finished. I signed up for a series of video embroidery instruction courses–every two weeks there’s a new one, with new ideas and techniques to learn. That was 2 months ago, and I’ve only just finished the first one…

This was a course on Indian embroidery motifs and techniques given by Saima Kaur. We were to choose a few bright colors and a bright background fabric, with perhaps the addition of black and/or white. My satin stitch has always been sloppy and I thought this would give me plenty of practice for improvement. I can’t say it improved much, though, and I also now know for sure that I don’t enjoy doing satin stitch that much. I did like the long and short stitches I used on the shells, and will use that again.

I love traditional art and the motifs of Indian folk art are rich and full of symbolism. This design is a distilled variation of common figures and themes seen both in Indian art and in traditional and religious art all over the world.

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16 responses to “August 2021”

  1. Ingrid says :

    I really like the embroidery and to me it seems like the perfect way to engage with cultural practices from different lands.

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  2. Frank J. Tassone says :

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
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  3. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Brilliant and vibrant embroidery, Marta. Loved the poem too.

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  4. memadtwo says :

    Kerfe, that is incredible. I’m beyond in love with that. N.


  5. melaniereynolds says :

    This is beautiful! I love the colors and the symbols of fish and shells, is a relatable reference to anyone in the world!

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  6. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I think your embroidery is beautiful, Kerfe. I was never fond of satin stitch either as it is hard to get it smooth. Mine used to sometimes pucker.

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  7. judeitakali says :

    It looks beautiful. 🤩


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