Katherine Colwell's 2-Sided embroidery

          In 2004, Katherine began exploring frameless finishing and  presentation methods for her work.    By embroidering the backs, the  two-sided pieces became sculpture or wall pieces.    This frameless  approach is a continuation of the 3-dimensional embroidered-book-formats  she began exploring in the mid-1990s.

          In the late  1990s and early 2000s Katherine studied modern quilting and piecing  techniques and materials, which enhanced her lifelong sewing and  tailoring skills.   The resulting synthesis provides a wealth of  possibilities for two-sided embroideries.

          Three 2-sided embroideries are illustrated in the slide shows:  a large, a medium, and a small.
          See also gallery views of others on Katherine's

POPULUS details

The Process of Poetic Promise:  Populus
©Katherine Colwell 2006
Overall dimensions are:  26 ½” h  x 9” w  x ½” thick.  (Slide #1 shows the middle third).

          "I created  POPULUS over a ten-year period.  The results are a synthesis of hand embroidery with cotton floss, plein air  drawing, Joe's poetry, and bead embellishment, on Shantung silk and  hand-dyed-hand-painted China silk.    The aspen-bark poems are in stem-  and split-stitches with silk sewing thread, with the words about  one-quarter inch in height."


©Katherine Colwell 2012
9 ½” H x 9 1/2” W x 1/2” thick.
           Hand embroidered monotypes and hand dyed silk.  Silk fabrics, pigments,  dyes, beads, charm.  Silk, cotton and metallic threads.  Cotton  batting, hand quilting and hand sewing.

          "More than  any of my 2-Sided or 3-Dimensional embroidered works, Elena’s Aspen is a  synthesis of a lifetime of inspirations and experiences, primarily:    formal sewing and tailoring classes in the 1960s as a young adult  provided a foundation of universal skills, including the ability to plan  and execute complex projects;   and forty-five-plus years living in  nature, observing nature, and recording nature in art media."


Katherine Colwell ©2008
4 ¼” by 4 ¼” by ½” thick.
           "Small — but packed with images.   Based on memories connecting three  extraordinary women.  Val — whose leaf-print fabric is used in this  work, which began as a demonstration piece for Val to learn the Design  Process.  She hummed while she embroidered her learning piece.   Val’s  humming reminded me of Mar, my grandmother Martha Morrell Smith, who  hummed while she worked in the farmhouse kitchen on Chanticlear Avenue  in Santa Cruz, California.  Meg, with her gift of resonance energy, and  the synchronicity of the rainbow we saw over her house the same day she  saw one over our house;  the rainbow imagery came to mind as I started  the demonstration piece for Val." 
          Ingredients and  techniques:  silk, cotton, and metallic threads; beads; silk ribbon;   cotton fabrics and batting; cyanotype.  Running, couching, split, back,  stem, buttonhole, herringbone, coral, slip, and quilting stitches.


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