Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hamsa Redux: Starting to Stitch

I finally had the chance yesterday to start stitching on the new (and hopefully, improved) version of the hamsa piece for F.I.N.E. We are having a meeting this coming Wednesday and this needs to be completed or at least VERY far along.

I pulled out my embroidery floss and started auditioning colors. I had a pretty good idea about where I wanted to go, but the subtleties of the colors required a bit of thought.

I also wanted to try some stitch variations for the eyes on the fingertips, including: back stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch and chain stitch.

I actually liked the look of the back side of the back stitch which appeared as a looser version of the stem stitch. Rather than working from the back, I decided to do a less regular stem stitch. The finished sample eye is what I'm planning for the final piece.

Here is the progress so far.

There is still much to do.

Yesterday's entertainment while stitching included watching/listening to Mystic River and part of The Shining...what a strange combination...wonder if it had any effect on my stitching!


  1. Gorgeous! I love how your stitching is beginning to add dimension to this beautiful image. And thanks for bringing F.I.N.E. to my attention. You are a talented group of artists. I look forward to exploring the site more.

    1. Hi Angela-
      Thanks for your kind words. Normally, I tend to stitch everything! I'm trying to keep things a bit simplified here...especially since I have to have it together by Wednesday afternoon. Our group F.I.N.E. has been together since 1999. We are actually in the process of revamping our website. I'm happy to be involved with such a talented group of women.