I rarely use a hoop when I work. I never liked them much. So much so that I developed a lot of techniques that seemed to work around using one. But this cloth is so intense, I enjoy the ring of vision that the hoop provides. And then. Because of the way this cloth was formed, a lot of refining needs to be done and the elements are very different in density (since I did not create them myself) And now since I have been using a hoop, I am a bit more familiar with the feel of it. I imagine the potential use it might hold for me in this year where the scale of my work is changing.
This one I found somewhere. It's plastic and quite ugly really but it's been ok now and then. But to fully integrate the elements of this cloth I call HOME, this big cloth, I need a bigger hoop.
On a whim, I put up a note on Facebook looking for a used quilting hoop and stand, and poof, Deanna offered to give me hers, because it is not in use anymore. Deanna is always very generous. I am grateful.
Today. Today one room that is not heated for the winter was warm enough not to be heated. At least for a while. It was like a gift, this small change in season.