The man is in the air somewhere between there and here.
He's not feeling well so I'm making soup.
I kept stitching yesterday. The day, like quite a few days before, passing in a kind of unfamiliar blur. Not understanding why. Normally, I enjoy time to myself. I get stuff done. Clear my head. This time I simply missed him terribly. There, I said it.
So this Early April Stray. Weary, Waiting, Wallowing in an old sea of confusion. Feeling Incomplete. Conjuring a way to rescue herself using what's in her heart to build a better basket.
The term fabric grain refers to the way threads are arranged in a piece of cloth.
The vertical threads, called warp threads, are stretched on the loom during weaving. They become the fabric's lengthwise grain.
Horizontal threads, called weft threads, are woven back and forth, perpendicular to the warp threads. They make up the fabric's crosswise grain.
The lengthwise grain and crosswise grain are both considered straight grain.
Selvages are the bound edges that run along the outer edges of the lengthwise grain. They are formed when the weft threads turn to change direction as the weaving progresses.
True bias is defined as the direction at a 45 degree angle to the straight grains, but in quilting most folks refer to any cut that doesn't run along a straight grain as a bias cut.
Fabrics that are cut with edges parallel to either the crosswise or lengthwise straight grain are less likely to stretch out of shape than pieces with edges cut along the stretchy bias.
The above information is commonly known. And rules on how to cut have been based on it. It is good just to know. But it is not in anyway a complete approach. Like nothing is unless you work with it. Knowing cloth is simply that. Touching it, tugging on it, taking it apart, weaving it, mending it, using it. Working WITH it.
When working with triangles there is always a bias cut on at least one edge.
Rules are simply a culmination of experience within a certain context. I am thinking that when they are accompanied with a bit of story... how it happened, how it went, what was expected, needed...they make so much more sense, leaving room for considering one's own story. They become softer, like clay. Textbooks should be story books.
Ok. It's sort of winter now. It got cold. There is more to do in winter. To keep fires going etc.
I'm unfamiliar with this video camera. The battery was running low. It ran out before I was finished talking.
I watched it and thought that I didn't really say all I wanted to say. I was distracted.
But that is how it went. Isn't that what I am after? How it went?
I'm thinking a lot about story lately. How we try to share how it went, all the while being influenced by our imaginations which interfere with how it went and lean toward how it might have gone. Know what I mean? Embellishment. The man and I talk about this. How story, in some ways can be a lie. That's is a harsh word, his word. But he is a straight talker and avoids the romance of words. But I get what he is saying.
Today I managed to place the Feel Free Index on this blog in the sidebar . I thought that would be nice. Clicking on any of the links will take you to the Feel Free open learning center directly, where you might continue to browse or return here. Many times I refer to techniques here and I thought duplicating the index of tutorials here would be handy. For those of you subscribed by email, you will not see this index unless you click through to the blog. I planned to add the Whispering Hearts class with the new year, but I am cleaning it up a bit first. Lets say Valentine's Day.
6AM:So here I am, working through the technology issue the best I can. On Halloween.
I have to stick with smaller photos for the time being. Which means they cannot be enlarged. I am trying to put larger photos on Flickr but I see the gallery is not updating right away, we'll see. Maybe I will just link the photos here to there. Ok I think that is working.
I will probably spend the weekend backtracking a bit to catch up with the patchwork thing. And solving the camera issue. Also initiating a format for the Visual Journal. I plan to open Patchwork beasts as well, for free, because it is fun and my heart is light. It is an old class and I want to revamp it a bit. So Hey Ho and see you Monday.
PS. Thanks to all of you have contributed to the effort. I tried to send thank yous in response to PayPal donations, but many folks have different emails associated with their account and do not receive my notes. I know. So know your support has helped me continue in a bigger way. Love.
PPS. My posts are likely to have media in them going forward. Please note that links open in a separate windows so you can follow without necessarily cutting off the audio. This includes enlarging pictures when available. Just keep track of the open windows in your browser bar.
Woke early. Tired from company still here. Probably because I derive my energy through solitude.
As the sun rose, I thought OK, just stitch Nine. Maybe just Nine for No Reason.
But then I thought oh! A reason. Season. Shift.
A little Nine for Equinox . A little Equinox cloth then.
Nine for Shift
I'll save Nine for No Reason for another day.
I got a lot of emails yesterday. Can't even count them. I am in between selves at the moment. Putting together some ideas in order to transform my approach to teaching. Gathering the courage to move forward. Based on the huge response, I may change my original idea a bit. I have canned the mailing list idea. Too big. I will post information here sooner or later. Probably sooner. But after the company leaves. On the Equinox oddly enough. As always, thank you for your support and patience.
The center square here was done as an indigo resist over the seam in a patchwork. One of many components I began developing in a past workshop. I will be sharing more about that here, soon, but now I must go to the market and shop for many people.