Jessica Kelly writes that is has been a while since she has stitched on paper. When I saw this beautiful piece on a vintage illustrated plate page, I wanted to shout, get back to it!
Curving stem stitch branches and the slanted lines of the elegant trunk frame the bucolic scene. The design of the stitching is a little exotic to me and yet it works perfectly with the illustration. And the stylized French knot “leaves” have a lushness that brings an unexpected new layer to the illustrated plate.
Her work is so graceful… mysterious. And her materials, perfect. Makes me think that we should have a multimedia Phat Quarter swap. How does that sound?
Olisa Corcoran is a stitch artist and blogger living in Durham, NC. She speaks fluent Nuyorican and always keeps her dial turned to 11.