Marg - I haven't taken any workshops on pulled thread. I don't have the money, and EGA workshops are very expensive. But I admire Altherr's work and her desiging ability. I think that good design is the key to attracting people to that form of embroidery. That is why I keep on trying to find new ways of organizing a design, and it is why I enjoy your work so much -- your ideas are so different from mine. You do things that would never have occurred to me. I really do think I'll try some drawn thread, too. I want to go in so many different directions. There is never enough time.
Only today did I discover your pulled thread/drawn thread group on flickr. The small amount of activity is discouraging, but it seems to be a product of the very very few people who are exploring those styles. Especially pulled thread. We've had a better response on stitchinfingers. The software makes participation, uploading photos and holding discussions so much easier.
I just checked you blog and found your little strip of Hardanger fillings #1225 -- there are a few that I've never seen before. Very interesting. I'll have to try those. The large piece you are working on is also interesting.
thank you for giving me permission to copy and post some of your photos on my website. I will use your name, Margaret Bartlett, as you request, to give credit. The photos I'm thinking of are mostly the TIF small pieces you did last year where you used scattered pulled thread as background for your freeform stitcheries. It isn't just the pulled thread work in the background that interests me about your work, but the way there's an interplay between the surface stitching, which has the primary design focus, and the scattered background. It's something that never occurred to me to do. But I like it. I want people to see how many different ways there are to use the pulled technique and its stitches. When something stays the same for too long, people stop seeing it. Also your recent experiments with drawn thread are really very innovative. I'd like to use those also.
When I have the website up I'll let you know, so you can go and look.
I've said before how much I enjoy seeing your work. I'm making progress on setting up my website and have started with the pulled thread pages. Several of the pieces you made last year, I think as part of the TIFC, show types of designs that I've never used myself. I would like to post them on my website as marvelous examples of one way of organizing a design. I am asking your permission to copy the photos and post them on my website. At the very least I will post a link to your blog, but I would really like to have them immediately on hand for my visitors to view. I would attach to them whatever form of your name that you specify I should use. I won't do anything, except post the link, unless I have your permission. I'm not out to steal photos or credit. I just want to make the information parts of my website to be the very best they can be. And your work would be a valuable addition.
It will still be several months before I'm actually ready to publish it. There is still a lot of work to do.
Please think about it and let me know what you decide.
I have never heard of any of the 3 people you mentioned in your note to me -- that is the level of my ignorance of the embroidery world at large. But I do find your work very stimulating and provocative of ideas. The little drawn thread piece that you seem not to like so much looks very interesting to me. I think it is the combination of the regular predictable drawn thread part juxtaposed to the free unplanned buttonhole circles and knots, and the curved random lines of the outside. Geometry is interesting if it is very complex. Failing that complexity, softening it with some flowing random stuff or plantforms brings it to life. That's what I'm trying to do: find the right balance of regular and irregular. Your solutions are stimulating.