This funny little face started with a heart design on a scrap of Christmas cloth that I thought looked like lips. I started her during a self paced Jude Hill textile class, Cloth to Cloth, which I was doing as a prerequisite to my first live class with Jude, Boro I. That was two years ago.
I must have thirty photos of the progression of this cloth. I quit working on it a zillion times. I even emailed Jude early on because I thought I had overstitched the background and wrecked it. I was ready to cut away all the stitches and start over. She said to keep going, that it wasn't overstitched.
I learned a lot with this first story cloth; about the personality of cloth, about the good and bad of needles, about enough or too many strands of embroidery floss, about how stories begin, change, end and begin again.
I didn't have a story for her when I started. She looked like a "glam girl" for a long time, and I couldn't relate to that. It's probably why I quit working on it so many times.
And then those words popped -
Peace and Love
And with that, she changed - to a 70's girl.