While in Denver early in November, a group of us visited several Goodwills. I bought linen blouses and two cotton or rayon sweaters, thinking I could over-embroider the lacy knit to make something interesting. Here, then, is Oil Patch #6: Storm over Permian. The photo color isn't true; the sweater is a light chartreuse, overpainted with several colors of paintsticks. Really nice texture. The little drilling pads are cut from a repurposed linen pantsuit and appliqued in place; the roadways are cut from linen shirts. The purple background is dyed silk canvas, and the clouds are painted and stitched cotton batting. Here's a detail of the handwork on the sweater:
Once again, the color is washed out, but you can get the idea. I pinned the knit pieces to a blending batik and a layer of batting, and stitched through the whole thing.
Once I figured out what I was doing, the thing came together swiftly. I'll exhibit this at ARTS in Fayetteville for their winter member show in December.
There is another sweater to fool around with, and I have some ideas for that as well. More later!