It got real hot here, real fast. I let the color go for a moment.
So today we have:
A new Nine in cool linen. Nine for the Tendency to Wander. Just a play on lines, grain, off grain. Woven lines broken by seam lines. Just a simple slight shift brought movement. I concentrated to make sure that when I cut the pieces off grain, the lines would meet up and seem to continue. "Seam to continue" I was thinking. It's quite nice the way it waves. Almost curves, flows, in its illusion. And it's a path. And a kind of self portrait.
I did this. Like I do sometimes to make the cloth big enough to put in a hoop because I was thinking I might have to do that depending on how the tension played out. But then I thought how quickly it became bigger. And then how easily it could become smaller again. And then I began to think about the dynamics of a frame. How it might be a changing element. How often it is a hard edge to limit focus and contain and control context. But the frame as a space seemed to melt into some precious thought about holding center. And radiating outward again. And I am remembering an unfinished focus on windows a while back. What if Diaries? So anyway, some jottings and a direction I might collectively call Window Quilting. Obviously to be continued.
Note to self: How the morning made the blue so electric.
You might guess where I am going with this one. Some new paths for stacking stitch. I am working on a cloth woven base. You might catch the basics of cloth woven patchwork over at Spirit Cloth 101, the BASE section. I plan to add my cloth weaving class (Cloth to Cloth) to The list of Open Classes soon enough. This base was created with an anchored method which makes the cloth into sort of a loom in itself. So let me put that here now.
I have added a page at Feel Free, under Cloth Weaving- Weaving Intofor this technique. There is much more to say about it after all this time.
The stacked stitching gives body to a cloth so it works well to stabilize the woven base. A nice contrast I think. Also here, I will use two color fields to form the moon, the light area to form a crescent. I will use home dyed indigo thread for the dark part of the circle. So I will crank up the vat for that.
I used a dinner plate to trace the circle. Just to get a sense of scale. Most blues here have been dyed over-dyed in indigo. Scraps of blue self. I also added a few loosely woven silk scraps to accent the edge and add texture, and will see how well this kantha style stitch might blend them into the surface and hold them.
I have gone ahead and added a thin cotton lawn, dyed in indigo, to the back. Tacked it down. To give it all a bit more body before stitching. And again I am making no attempt to make a neat back, still concentrating on how the stitch might be a composition element. And using many many short thread ends in the process.
I think also, now that the weather is warming a bit, I will be entering a new phase of Feel Free. Like all things not focused on, it is beginning to get away from me and needs attention. Perhaps if I concentrate on recording one thing at a time, like the running stitch, for each month, it will help me build the page base on my new site. And I am considering a few other things. Like a community gallery page. And enhancing the information base by inviting contributors. And that's enough thoughts for now. Transplanting indigo today.
Thank you all for your support. And have a good weekend.