S A Y, 2017, dishtowels altered using 'drawn thread' technique

In 'drawn thread' work, warp/weft threads are carefully snipped and pulled out to create decorative designs. The work is extremely tedious, but I appreciate that this act of removal adds meaning or value to an otherwise plain and anonymous textile.

So much of women's textile work is laborious but 'silent.'  Even thread work with text, like a sampler, seems to lack the maker's voice. Instead, these objects communicate indirectly.