The black cloths are from Sweden.
These are inspiring me now.
Don't you love how they resemble each other even though the makers never met?
Central floral, circular border decor, fantastical animals. Red thread.
(The images are from books: kantha and yllebroderier )
The intensity of work built with thread, with its suggestion of obsession or even a kind of brilliant insanity is part of the viewer's experience. The process of stitching is meditative, essential in many cultures and traditions to quiet the mind and allow the spirit to evolve. Yet at the same time, there is a link to time passing and to the artist as a being in this world and the work is thus both physical and transcendent.
The contemplative, reflective nature of the process lends the work a depth and compelling gravity. There is a tradition of needlework through the ages and all that it means for women and cultures. The ancestral legacy and dignity of needlecraft connects generations.Elaine Lipson (paraphrased a bit)