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Things are stacking up Again...I'll be dropping a few things in the shop here and there. I do not take reservations or commissions. Supplies are sold separately through the Threadcrumbs Shop. Link up top.
I was going to trace around it first so I could let it leave its mark. Be part of that. But I cut and forgot to do that first.
So ok I thought, I can remember, more or less. So let me mark it that way.
Below is a copy of the above photo with some digital drawing over it. I used to print the photos out and draw over them to test out my ideas. But these days, I save paper and especially ink because geez, that is such a rip off. And also I draw well, I am good with a pencil, but not so good with the mouse drawing, so I like the challenge that poses, makes my brain work harder.
The coma effect has taken hold. Recording the forgetting is good too, I forget more, as if I am in a coma sometimes. Maybe the coma effect is a premonition. You know what I mean? And I drew some really simple sun rays. Still in simple mode. Sun, center, rays. Less white lets the dark work better. My thoughts are switching to Night and Day. But I'll stitch these ideas in. See how it looks in thread.
But really, freeing the Nine Patch from convention (giving it new life)started long ago for me. Perhaps just that idea that you can get anywhere from anywhere by finding A Way. Not THE WAY. Just A WAY.
So the free approach to the seaming, and shift from matching seams and thread, the open and untrimmed edges. A start.
Then, the tilt, the leaning , the shift in placement of alignment with the frame of reference (I have often referred to that as the coma effect)... this gives a sense of spin and movement. Begins to alter center. And with it the sense of what we know for sure.
A small step taken today, but it is a beginning. May be I will shift it a bit more to the left. Let part of it blur part of the frame of reference. Give it a bit of Bigger Than That. In the beginning there was Nine. And then a sense of Turbulence. I like the word turbulence used as some sort of state of confusion.
Anyway. Change. If only in point of view. This is enough for today for me.
Note to self: What if I had already stitched it down the expected way? And then changed my mind. I could rip out the stitches yes. But no, I think at this point, I might have cut it out, mended the hole and then placed it back, shifted. Leaving the evidence of the first move as another frame of reference. Leave the story of the going in the cloth. Let the layering of thought begin. Design Mending.
Because one of a kind has always been how it is for me.
My original internet name was onebyjude. Before spiritcloth.
It was about handmade I guess. Not factory made. But also originality. In a softer way. Maybe the celebration of what moves through meus. How special that is.
Anyway, I rarely try to duplicate anything.
Handmade kind of insures that. Variation. Imperfection. Slow evolution. But not duplication. Sometimes I go with a thought more than one time though. I sort of copy myself. But not copy, continue. To witness evolution in my own path. To remind myself not to stand still. Of the opportunity to build on what went before. To feel the flow.
Note to self: Sharing thought, through teaching, is a way to expand it. Sympathetic evolution is not duplication. It is design mending when we feel free.
Two. Two bases. Again, but not really. The base process is simply that. Creating a foundation for thoughts and experiments. These are small but I bet I can cram a lot of small journeys into them. I suppose a lot of you have been through the Base Lesson over at Spirit Cloth 101. So I am doing the same thing really, here. Starting something. I added a bit of thin cloth. Harem cloth in this case. Because I have some here. I have a lot of it. And I don't think I need all of it. So maybe I can share some of it over at ThreadCrumbs in small bits as a free addition to some of the component packs. Just big enough for a little something. You only need a bit. No sense in buying a whole bunch of it before you try it. I've put a link to it in the resource list anyway. Up to you. I try to get away from more stuff. Hence the stray bits approach.
This is a patchwork base. Put together rather freely. Maybe I will make a few more using other methods. See how that leads me in other directions. I have already pinned these to the thin cloth. To begin to give the base some weightless substance. I switched to safety pins this last year, I stuck myself too many times. Besides I like the idea of safety. The holding. My next step is the glue stitch (the invisible baste).
A few things about Three. On the second base I stuck with the Three groups of Three. Across. I also used Three larger elements in the center vertically. To balance the horizontal flow I guess. But also to accentuate that in between standing thing. Which happened yesterday. I also added a new star idea. That square format that comes from patchwork. The one I like to call the wishing star. Simple. A square. I had dyed one before the vat expired. I used a couple of small square ceramic tiles, left over from redoing the bathroom, for the resist.
Again, just a simple walking stitch. It's path leaving a shaped trail. There could even be a story there. Later.
I dyed 3 more. To play with.
Couldn't stop one of them from beginning a spin.
There are many ways to make shapes on cloth. I've been dyeing. But while I wait for a new vat to ripen, I'll try a few more ways. One at a time.
Another wishing star. I need to gather some old thoughts about that. That personal symbol that developed over the years.
And finish this one.
Because it has been hanging around here forever.
It's been patched, cut, dipped, stitched, cut again, drawn on, dipped again... stitched again. And now reconsidered. Soft with going. Thin, yet very There. I'm finally giving it an edge.
This one is only 12" square, but it seems bigger. It reminds me of the first, sort of, quilt I ever made. It was a big star. I think I gave it away. Yes, before it was finished. Those were foggy times. I'll remember it by naming this one A Big Wish. Wishes can be bigger than they seem.
Working with scrap has a freedom all its own. I think in my head, scraps, leftovers, cloth or thread,have less preciousness. In terms of the kind of value that makes you need to KEEP something. Instead they beg to be used. To re-become. Doesn't matter how. Although I enjoy building an image, I also enjoy the rebuilding into cloth. The Oneness. I love these stray cats for that, how they are patched from scraps of self. Scraps from other selves. How they get a life rising from the pile of who cares. How they are born again in their old age.
This one is really very freely collaged. Layers. Integrated with stitch. I often lay like colored teeny pieces on a like colored larger ground to add surface interest and depth to an large are of color. Then use lots of tiny stitch to glue it down. Blend the edges. The stitch might be visible or not. But with enough work, it all blends together and seems like one cloth. I talked a bit about that n the video below. It's a kind of visual mending. I call it Integrated Applique. And I've added it to the Feel Free Index in the sidebar.
But really even the most oddly mismatched bits of cloth can be merged as well. It's slow and intentional, you work at it. You find commonality somewhere or you create it. Let one scrap sympathize with another. Even if it is just to become stronger.
I always seem to work a lot on eyes. Vision takes work.
You can see where I folded back the edges to narrow the cloth. Crop it in a way. I will lay a thin lining over this side to bridge the gap. Or maybe not. That Deb Lacativa cloth...I didn't mean to hide so much of it. Maybe I'll cut through a bit on the front to expose more of it.
I am aware with some issues with commenting, but that is a TypePad issue, so who knows. I'll just keep going.
You can see I worked from the edges yesterday. Cutting strips for opposite sides first. Pinning them down, making sure they overlap the edge of the checkerboard section. And then I turned the cloth over and stitched a line of quilting, following the edge of that magic patchwork ring. Just inside the overlap. I then cut shorter pieces for the remaining sides. Letting them both overlap the checkerboard section and the pieces I just added. There are two types of stitching I do to basically coat the "back". The kind that goes all the way through (shows on the "front")and the kind that does not go all the way through (does not show on the "front"). I'll show and tell a bit about that soon, too hot for video.
I am building a hot patchwork ring to bridge the remaining gap. I don't have a lot of big red, but many small warm scraps of self can be put together. I should have enough. This kind of design is like mending.
It will be close to 100 degrees today. And it's just to hot and humid for much of anything. Off I go for some early garden work to work up a sweat and then down to the sea to wash it off. And mordant some cloth while I am at it.
You know who seems drawn to the circle. And the shade.