I’ve always wanted to paint on canvas.
“Closure on Canvas” asks the viewer to consider the purpose of a button. The button as a utilitarian object as a fastener reflects modern fashion design. The focus of this three-dimensional piece of art considers the button as a handmade object of art, sewn to a substrate of hand felted wool, attached to a painted canvas using French knots. “Closure on Canvas” celebrates the individuality and uniqueness of handmade craft vs. industrial mass-produced items of today. The buttons are designed using worsted-weight wool yarn inspired by Dorset Buttons of the 1700s. The Dorset Crosswheel and Star Shirtwaister designs are the perfect vehicle for experimentation with color combinations and endless stitching possibilities. With each round of color, a rhythm develops enhancing a momentum of interest.
Back in the Winter of 2002, www.knitty.com published Loopy and Luscious, http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTloopy.html a scarf pattern designed by Natalie Wilson. Seventy-six yards of “thick-n-thin” yarn and 220 yards of laceweight mohair along with US size 17 needles presents a multitude of possibilities and challenges. The term Scribble Lace describes the juxtaposition of opposites. The uniformity of knit and purl stitches and the organic appearance of combining different gauges of yarn.
Knitting Loopy and Luscious and experimenting with ideas out of Debbie New’s Unexpected Knitting have been on my “to do list” for many years. Well, no longer do I put “my design wants and desires” on hold out of fear. I am no longer afraid to try something new and risk making a creative mistake. After all, isn’t that when the best things happen?