I love how she seems to hold so many moments at once. And I can remember what's missing.
And winter Soul-O. Just plain comfortable. Young and unashamed.
Yesterday. The day seemed to melt into early spring. Most of the snow has gone. And with a day of steady rain, we will be left with mostly wet earth. The smell of that.
And winter me. Not the Winter Bitch from last year. No. Softer, grayer, not caring one bit, spending time trying to make my hair seem like thread. I did spend some time, late into the night, by firelight, stitching the old bitch.
An older and wiser Winter Bitch. Resting in a nest (basket) of lines and wrinkles and patches... I just decided to lose the pen completely. Let the lines form. See what emerges. And just love it. Acknowledging with joy that she is simply still here. When the ink runs out of my pen, I will not buy another. There is always walnut ink. Or no guide at all.
I am using sewing thread for the new dark lines, split back stitch, one strand of thread, splitting hairs.
It is February. I am very in between coming and going. With lots of loose ends to tie up. There will be gaps.
Winter Bitch continued from some old Small Journey here.
Soul-o is in, then out, then back, standing at the door. Like a messenger.
Preparing by stacking at least 3-4 days wood on the porch because of the possibility of deep drifting snow. Hoping for no power outages because it is Cold. Not stitching but on paper considering how we are always between growing and falling away.
How to express that in nine.
I might have time to stitch this while it is snowing tomorrow. And talk about that too.
is a quilt in which the top layer consists of pieces of fabric sewn together to form a design. Originally, this was to make full use of left-over scraps of fabric, but now fabric is often bought specially for a specific design. Patchwork blocks were initially created individually, accumulated over time, by use of scrap and salvaged material. Geometric designs were the most efficient way to aggregate fabric into useful units.
Over the years, I have made many templates. Most of them squares or triangles. Actually most of them 1 or 2 or 3 inch shares. And the triangles that resulted from splitting them in half. Of course then, I have cut pieces specifically to form a desired design. Like the patchwork cat.
These days I have changed my method to some sort of perpetual template set. There are two reasons for this. It helps me use what I already have, and at this point, use it up.
And there is a logical relationship between all the pieces that helps me create the meaning, the story. In a new an exciting way. With what I want to call language or story blocks.
Like this. Where stuff fits together but is not necessarily a planned meeting ahead of time. A component system based on what's on hand and what's in my mind. I think this might work as a design system based on potential and not of expectation.
Note to self: Method is just the way that works best for your going. At the moment.
( The method of piecing here is my Paperless Piecing method, listed in the sidebar under the Feel Free index. I will be adding this post as a reference on that page.)
In the beginning I thought I would set up a counting system. To measure the going, giving each square a value. Or maybe giving each set of squares a a value, a day, or what not. So by counting them I might measure the time spent in the forming.. But I changed my mind. I work on it as time allows. And now I am only measuring how it might go. How it happened in just its becoming. I have managed 64 squares so far , halfway through the 3rd ring around the center. I am not counting days. It has become a more personal calendar. Maybe measuring my ability to continue. Accomplish. Marking that.
I ironed it a bit. Not my usual thing. But flattening it, I thought, might make the seam pattern more visible, And it did. The squared basket-self is so subtle.
It forms almost too slowly. But I don't mind. There is no deadline. It just is.
I pinned it over the center of Nest of Days. To quiet it for a moment.
I have temporarily removed the center silk panel. It is slightly smaller than the opening and I want to extend it a bit. And I am looking at this. How it is a way of holding center. In some lighter way. A focus on a sense of center that might not be apparent otherwise. Holding nothing but then not. A place. Placekeeping. I will hold that thought in my mind for further consideration.
And then, how the frame floats. How easily it could be pulled out of shape. Softened by that. A kind of liquid frame. I will hold that thought too.
Because here and now, I will be continuing with the other thought. Extending the silk centerpiece.
I will stitch the inner edge of the patchwork frame, catching all layers. And then cut away the excess cotton lawn*- inner frame close to that stitching line by lifting the outer edge of the frame out of the way, but I will show all that later. Managing the layers. I will create a page at Feel Free for seams but not today.
* Lawn cloth or lawn is a plain weave textile, originally of linen but now chiefly cotton. Lawn is designed using fine, high count yarns, which results in a silky, untextured feel. The term "lawn" derives from "Laon", a city in France, which produced large quantities of linen lawn.
In some way I am always looking through patchwork. So this is good. That patchwork might be a window to something else.
The center could be anything really. I am playing around with some eco dyed samples from way back. Using them. Finally. I am not dyeing this year except for indigo that I might need to complete some big cloth. I don't need to dye much anymore. I have stacks of old experiments to share with you eventually, the cloths and the process. As I use them. Make blankets.
I like the contrast between the organic and the grid. I like the square ring. The background cloth is cotton linen and has dragonflies woven right into it. The center cloth is silk. This will be a big cloth. With a lot of space. For radiating outward. In a less kind of way.