Continuing to experiment with Manawatu Gorge..

One should always try to think a project through at least a little bit. I didn’t. I thought that once I got started this would be easier than it turned out to be.

The black net was fairly easy to cut and catch down, and I wanted that to stand in for the shaded areas on the sketch, but the purple net was an unrelieved menace – it caught on the threads I used, and tied itself in knots, and even failed to have a bit of itself under some of the stitches I made, so it didn’t stay in place. All in all, rather exasperating, and even worse when I decided that it wasn’t, in fact, doing what I wanted it to do, and had to remove it again!

I’m still meditating on the possibility of a canvaswork version of this, possibly made even more abstract, but I still want to finish this one some way, so, onward!

I had another look at the sketch and realised that the engine house for the bridge needed something to stand on – that explains that extra bit of gauze in the bottom right-hand corner. Then I decided that I would roll back from the complicated bits of layering I’d been planning, and simply try to create recession with tone. So far, I think it is working…


  1. Freeform embroidery is full of trials and errors before we get what we had envisaged.
    Then there are things that have such strong personality that they control us, like that purple net. It can be very frustrating to try to tame wild fabric!

  2. Sue Jones says:

    It’s better with the simple grey net layered for form, against the complex lace of the sky. I will be very interested to see where it tells you it wants to go from here.

  3. Lin Tarrant says:

    Yes, I too am interested to see where this is going…

  4. You made the right decision taking the purple net off.

  5. Jillayne says:

    I can see why you wanted to use the net but I think the piece looks good without it too. I know those kind of frustrations well – I hope the rest goes more smoothly!

  6. Carolyn Foley says:

    Sometimes what we think are the simplist of images can be the most complicated to replicate. Good luck with this.