Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Girlfriend Is Much More Into String Art Like This Than I, But This Large Piece Struck Me. It's Not A Common Subject Or Style. It's The '70s Fiber Art Aesthetic That Gets Me. Status: Getting Tagged.


This is a pretty rad piece of burlap if I do say so myself.  Someone took a lot of time and effort to sew all these threads into it.  Too bad they didn't put a signature on it.


I'm sure that this was just someone's pass time, but they really created a beautiful piece of art.  It's

almost shameful that it's not framed!  Less shameful is that it ended up at the Goodwill since that

meant that I had the option to pick it up and find it a new home. 


The colors in this piece are much more vibrant than in the others I've found.  Seems like the pallet

used in most of these was of that late '60s kitchen appliance genre.  Lots of Ochres, Avocados, Olives

and Browns.  This thing fairly radiates with color, and in stark contrast to the burlap on which it's



I guess I'll be taking this over to the booth in Creve Coeur since I've got so much wall space over

there to utilize.  I made a to do list while at work the other night and on it was getting together a bunch of

the smalls I've got squirreled away in the second bedroom and tagging them up for Creve Coeur since

I've got plenty of shelves out there now.  Hopefully I'll have some time and energy this weekend to

cross that off.  Having a bunch of space with little filling it looks a little silly.


  1. Hi Chris, if its unframed, how would you suggest hanging it without the expense of framing?

  2. This reminds me more of crewel work than string work. Very big in the '70's. I made some crewel items myself. :)

  3. Yes, it does look like crewel embroidery, although using mostly basic stitches. Like paint-by-numbers and gravel art, there were many kits (which may be why it's not signed) packaged with the yarns and a canvas printed with the design outline and an instruction sheet showing the stitches to be used in the different areas. Sewing pattern companies also had garment patterns with optional embroidered areas. Bright colors featured in a lot of designs, but they might not be as identifiable as mid-century style--people tend to consider florals as "country".