Finishing an Embroidery / The gaping hole appears, 2015-17
As someone who is completely self-taught in the art of embroidery, there is always more for me to learn. How to finish an embroidery so that it can be protected and preserved for many decades to come is something that I have been doing a lot of research on these past few years. Most of what I have learned has come from old books on textile conservation and preservation (such as "Preserving Textiles: A Guide for the Non-Specialist" and "Considerations for the Care of Textiles and Costumes," if you're curious).
After spending many months on an embroidered piece–or in the case of this particular work, years–it is extremely important to me that I take all the steps I can to ensure the piece has a long life. Every decision I make along the way, including the materials I use, my working methods, how the piece is stored, how much I touch it, etc, has an impact on how well it will hold up over time. Although hand-embroidery can seem quite delicate and fragile, if it is properly made and cared for, a piece can live for hundreds of years.
All photos by Megan Canning unless otherwise noted.