The center of the star is an indigo batik from Tiggy Rawling. She dyes on a nice light weight cloth. And the shifting of the design, I want to talk about that separately.
But really to let you know, it all ended up as part of the Nest of Days, the square basket that holds Just Going as it vibrates outward, and here it is before I closed the ring. The ring I call the transition ring. The edge for now.
And now it is rather large.
I imagine it will be a lot bigger. But I will begin backing it and talk about my approach to that as it has evolved from one method into another over the years. Which is how it goes when you keep at it.
Making room for more wondering. Not too much longer. Just enough to make it a path.
The Nest of Days cloth has been on the wall for a while now. No more rings have been added. It seems to absorb anything I place there. Takes it in. Holds it and says it is OK. Don't think too much. Rest here. The Nest of Days is an embrace.
I have been working on the hundreds of components for the outer ring, using an itajime technique, clamping a cloth sandwich, between two circle shapes, dyed in the indigo vat. Sounds simple, but it does take time. Some are dipped many many times to produce a deep blue. The natural vat takes many many more dips. It has been months and I have accumulated something like 999 heavenly bodies. That' a good number. Ha!
I learned this clamping technique from my friend Glennis who has kindly joined me in Feeling Free, her basic shibori class is listed on Feel Free Under Dyeing which will take you to her blog where the listing is in her sidebar.
I am over-dyeing with indigo here. Continuing to use up some old scraps of self. Give them new life. I talked a bit about over-dyeing here. In case you haven't roamed through my Whispering Color class. During those considerings I also what-iffed a bit with some clamp-less moons.