The Woven Wishing Star is on the studio floor. I made it a while back. Started it during my Contemporary Boro 1 Workshop aka 21st Century Rags) Back in 2011. Has it been that long? I find myself asking that question a lot lately. Anyway, I will be detailing the way I got this far soon. But today, just there on the floor. The woven part is about 20" square-ish, give or take, and it has been anchored to a piece of thin cotton that measures about 30" square. Ish. My measuring is never that exact. That thin cloth was dyed in a natural indigo vat, a weak vat, and it has nice light turquoise cast which happens sometimes. I placed the whole thing on a larger piece just to photo it for now.
There are 3 main techniques here, cloth weaving, fields of stitch and mosaic . I will review them soon. The star is not indigo, which probably I regret for this project (which I am now calling the Endless Wishing Cloth, conjured here) but with using what's on hand, first and foremost in my mind, that is the way it will go.
For all of you celebrating a holiday this weekend, this can be a little holiday cloth for now and I Wish you all the best with family and friends. .
I don't do Easter, or Passover. But I will celebrate cloth. And I'll be cooking up some new ideas...
I painted these stairs to the sleeping loft white last year. I never put the second coat. I like them this way. And the computer is up there. It's a small space. Not a lot of head room. An attic. A mattress on the floor, a desk. Maybe 30 or 40 trips a day, up and down. A little bit of not so noticed but needed exercise. It makes a difference. It's warmer up there anyway. Making winter useful.
And speaking of small spaces and little bits of things, and old clothwoven patchwork base from 2010(!). Cloth to Cloth.
I've always had a thing for little bits of color. And taking a very long time to get to things.
A new star in an old setting. I like the nine colored dot pattern. Holding 9 forever like a constellation. And I'm wondering where the rest of those old bases are? And I'll find them because there is Spring Cleaning going on here. Big Time. A big time to let a lot of little things go. I'm going to travel light.
I like perennials, the ones that come up by themselves. Over and over.
But there is something special about being part of the planting, and gathering and planting again process. Not just going, but going with tender loving care.
It's been cold, not that cold but the grey cold that nags on you after a while. I'm tired of it. Tired of keeping fires, tired of spending more time indoors than out. Tired of the news. Dry skin. Laundry. You name it. I'm tired of it. February. Every year. The winter bitch returns.
I've got a lot of the old unfinished ClothWoven pieces on the wall today. Because I love them. Looking. Not stitching cuz my fingers are split and chapped from the cold and hauling wood, and washing dishes and such. This one is an old wishing star. It's the first time I have looked at it as a basket, the wishing star. Basket self in new form. The center was like heart but now I think it is more like wishing self.
Wishing is softer than bitching and it is Valentines Day so I'll be nice.
I used the last of some old roll of magic. Sometimes things run out. Get used up. Sometimes you can make more. Depends on what's on hand and whether your heart's in it.
I still have so much more to share about technique. Sometimes it is hard to stay open. But I'll keep going. In these times of selfish discontent I am happy to have this as what I can do to make america great again the world a kinder place. Share without boundaries.
The cloth weaving method here goes beyond what was presented in Cloth to Cloth. And I have taken it much further without showing. I want to share more here then, opening up part of the advanced cloth weaving methods with this new year. To prepare the way for brand new content.
Cloth Weaving Without a Foundation then... I made the roll of magic weave on a larger loom, but not everyone has one of those, so you might start like this.