meet the mrs.

my fascination with foxes is still going strong. i even have this book on my amazon wishlist if anyone is feeling especially generous. i wonder why i'm so drawn to certain animals at one time or another. it's tempting to look at their different archetypes and associations. or even to meditate on them and ask them. i read somewhere that stitching foxes on bed-slippers was one of the more common occupations of victorian women. maybe not thrilling, but it sounds alright to me.

i'm feeling a little stuck in my stitching, again. i've started a couple of things only to scrap them, or put them in hibernation. part of it is that i've been thinking of the value of framing. i've typically been reluctant to frame anything, since i love the tactility of fiber work and putting it behind glass seems almost blasphemous! but over time, i see pieces becoming dusty or faded. and also wonderfully preserved framed pieces at antique markets. so i've begun collecting and experimenting with old frames. but they change the entire thing, really. borders and edgings of vintage linens often don't fit within. the frames add colours and dimensions that impact a design. anyhoo, kind of goes against my desire to free-form it and see what happens, but i'm pretty sure there's room for framing in my world.

this week was the first of ragtime, my project with mathyld. i love seeing what she is doing with the next few weeks' sewing lessons!


  1. what amazing detail dru!!! you continual amaze and inspire me with your wondrous work!

  2. miss d, i often frame, but rarely use glass. i love giving it the formality of framing, but still allowing the eye to see the tactile-ness.
    ps i love my hankie! how did i get so lucky?

  3. Great great work. I love it <3

    xo, Mel

  4. Hey you might consider the Shadow box approach---if you get a frame that is much bigger than the piece, build a shallow box that it will sit on like a lid and then work from there, you may find that the piece has room to breathe, show borders etc. I am experimenting with small shadow boxes and the embroidery. I get what you're saying though---It's a different animal once it's caged ;)