ceramic and string

I made these pieces using a combination of white earthenware and perle cotton. I was thinking about those pin pictures that were around in the 1970s, and how one might make them more three dimensional. I like stitching through ceramics because I usually think of stitching as something you do through a yielding material such as fabric, but ceramics are so hard and unyielding.

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I would like to do more of this, but it does get a bit fiddly in the corners.

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cotton wool

Here are a few experiments where I have stitched onto a surface made using cotton wool and wallpaper paste. I added colour using acrylic paints. This makes a surprisingly satisfying base for embroidery.

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patterns using running stitch

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sashiko style waves

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a small sampler showing a few different raised embroidery stitches