Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Wrong Side Of the Embroidery

“ The back looks almost as perfect as the front” used to be high praise. For generations, needlewomen were encouraged to keep the back of their work looking as tidy as possible. Over the years, practicality has won out for me. Embroideries that are to be used, not just looked at, require sturdy beginnings and endings. I have been wondering why those  honest knots and thread tails should be relegated to the “wrong side” of the work.  What is the wrong side? Here are the backs of some of Rosalie Dace’s teaching samples. As in-process stitcheries, they have their own beauty and verve. If you would like to see more of Rosalie’s work and perhaps spend some time in class with her, check out this link: