My husband and I have returned home to our studios and feel refreshed and rested after 2 weeks at the beach. He's started a new drawing inspired by the clouds and flowers we saw and I'm continuing to stitch on leaves.
While on vacation, I collected fallen sea grape leaves Coccoloba uvifera that proved to be a nice size to hold in my hand and stitch. Just stitching for stitching sake and not looking to preserve them. However, I remembered that I had a bottle of gum tragacanth in my studio and thought it might be a good way to coat the leaves and make them less brittle for sewing into.
I brought home a small box of dried Sea Grape leaves (washed and dried to remove any small insects before my trip home).
I painted the leaves with the gum and let them dry. I think the leaves feel a bit more pliable, not much, but they are less brittle. You still have to be careful when stitching. (the leaves pictured above had not been treated with the gum).
If anyone has good information about using Gum Tragacanth...meaning if it's not a good thing to use...please let me know. I rather like that it's all natural and comes from the sap of a plant.
This is what I am doing...thinking and making and not worrying and fussing. Just making, making, and making...how about you????
Picture of some circle drawings and then stitching similar feathery-circles on the leaves.
Found these footprints one evening as I went for a walk in an mostly un-used part of the beach.
I wondered where this person was going, but it didn't matter.
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Thank you, dear sisters and brothers in stitch.