there is a method to the madness (sometimes)

Paula Kovarik, 2013.

basting a piece for final stitch work gives me time to think about how the fabric will react to manipulation. Since I have chosen to work with recycled materials there are often worn sections or stains to contend with. I admit to adding a few of my own stains in the process at least a pin prick of blood, an accidental tea stain, or, with this piece, a little pigment die. So when I saw this shading on the pale ground that was shaped sort of like a wolf, I just had to add him to the composition. The longer I work with a piece the looser the basting (as evidenced above) Thing is, I have been more interested lately in how those loose threads look than I am in finalizing the piece. Must focus. must focus.