That lovely little painting [a 1918 depiction of a guitar, on view in The Steins Collect] he copied for me many years later on tapestry canvas and I embroidered it and that was the beginning of my tapestrying. I did not think it possible to ask him to draw me something to work but when I told Gertrude Stein she said, alright, I’ll manage. And so one day when he was at the house she said, Pablo, Alice wants to make a tapestry of that little picture and I said I would trace it for her. He looked at her with kindly contempt, if it is done by anybody, he said, it will be done by me. Well, said Gertrude Stein, producing a piece of tapestry canvas, go to it, and he did. And I have been making tapestry of his drawings ever since and they are very successful and go marvellously with old chairs. I have done two small Louis fifteenth chairs in this way. He is kind enough now to make me drawings on my canvas and to color them for me."
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SFMOMA Open Space 6/20/2011
Needlework defines our history, establishes our traditions, and will be an important part of our future.
– Shay Pendray
Recently I had a conversation with a woman who wanted ideas on how to finish a canvas. The canvas was done by Anne Ryan. Anne Ryan was a collage artist who started doing collage in her late 50’s. She died in her early 60’s. But in that short time span, she was able to finish 400 art pieces. The woman wanted ideas for NO334 Anne Ryan Collage. When I looked at it I suddenly saw a crazy quilt. What fun it would be to do the patches and then add the stitches holding the patches together. Couching the thread onto the canvas so it gave the stitched work some depth. Trying all of those new stitches I have been meaning to add to a canvas piece.
When you start looking for that next canvas, close your eyes and try to see it done. Do you like it? Is it the right size? Are the colors what I want? How excited are you to start it? Can I do fun stitches? Ask yourself these questions when you are purchasing just the right canvas. You may be surprised by some of your answers.