Some where along the way it became more than what it is commonly defined as. For me.
It is a compositional tool. Commonly used. But for me, the way it began, was as a tendency. And a way to connect.
I made a few notes to myself this morning. Just to remind myself.
Remind myself of how definition comes to be. How redefinition refreshes how we know. What might be. How we might begin to explain how it might happen through redefinition.
My notes included:
How worlds apart might come together.
Alignment is a TENDENCY (related to SENSE)... the strength in that; Good, Bad, or Indifferent.(following)
The root of the word is line. A-line-ment. Often definitions deal with reference to a straight line.
For me, not always a straight line.
For me. A path related to FLOW. A STORY-LINE. A WAY to NEW FORM.
Today I begin a long process of organizing the notes to self in order to better talk abut my wacky theories about composition. I seem to have a tendency to just go but really there is thought behind it. The conversation has often been a silent one with myself. Notes to self are, I realize , often in my own language. I will work on making them easier to understand on a page called SPIRIT CLOTH LANGUAGE which will pop up over at FEEL FREE soon enough.
This nine, The Tendency to Align, is the first piece of the outer ring of the Nest of Days. (...continued from here.)
It will be the Wonder-Ring. A big one to remind me of the need for space. The cloth will grow a lot.
You might guess where I am going with this one. Some new paths for stacking stitch. I am working on a cloth woven base. You might catch the basics of cloth woven patchwork over at Spirit Cloth 101, the BASE section. I plan to add my cloth weaving class (Cloth to Cloth) to The list of Open Classes soon enough. This base was created with an anchored method which makes the cloth into sort of a loom in itself. So let me put that here now.
I have added a page at Feel Free, under Cloth Weaving- Weaving Intofor this technique. There is much more to say about it after all this time.
The stacked stitching gives body to a cloth so it works well to stabilize the woven base. A nice contrast I think. Also here, I will use two color fields to form the moon, the light area to form a crescent. I will use home dyed indigo thread for the dark part of the circle. So I will crank up the vat for that.
I used a dinner plate to trace the circle. Just to get a sense of scale. Most blues here have been dyed over-dyed in indigo. Scraps of blue self. I also added a few loosely woven silk scraps to accent the edge and add texture, and will see how well this kantha style stitch might blend them into the surface and hold them.
I have gone ahead and added a thin cotton lawn, dyed in indigo, to the back. Tacked it down. To give it all a bit more body before stitching. And again I am making no attempt to make a neat back, still concentrating on how the stitch might be a composition element. And using many many short thread ends in the process.
I think also, now that the weather is warming a bit, I will be entering a new phase of Feel Free. Like all things not focused on, it is beginning to get away from me and needs attention. Perhaps if I concentrate on recording one thing at a time, like the running stitch, for each month, it will help me build the page base on my new site. And I am considering a few other things. Like a community gallery page. And enhancing the information base by inviting contributors. And that's enough thoughts for now. Transplanting indigo today.
Thank you all for your support. And have a good weekend.
Patch to Patch Lining is something I need to talk more about. I use the same overcast method as in Paperless Piecing (video link in sidebar in case you are new here)). Just stitching around the edge with pieces back to back. Works great to simply line a small piece. Making the edge a seam. A meeting place. There is more to that for larger pieces. Later...
(I think I last mentioned it here. But I can't keep track lately.)
I quilted it in an intentional way, using one strand of embroidery thread. I wanted the ripple to be more prominent than the stitch. I wanted the ripple to create a sense of intensity. Importance. To highlight the concept of holding center as not holding selfishly but holding a longer view. I wanted to express that inner peace relates to a kind of respect for self as everything else, even if imagined. I like how what is held goes beyond the moons, the memories, my own small sense of time. I like that the stray is sitting. Not fearful or running. Held. Gathered around center. But free. I like how the cloth feels. Sturdy yet light. It's about 12" square but I like that it seems bigger.
we are home here today. It's snowing but spring in my mind. A few things are settled. Home will change. Divided between here-ish and there. Center will not be affected.
I am spending time mastering a mobile format. I am quiet but around.
The fire was mostly on the floor and mostly away from the roof and walls. It's now a gross pile of gunk and we are not even sure what we lost. Some old cloth, some paper. Lots of ash. The day warmed past the freezing mark so we had the garage door open. We shoveled ash. Part of the smoke stink is contained on one side of the house now. The room with all the current cloth work was also open to the air today as well at intervals. Lots of clean up to do. But I think it is not that bad. More shocked than anything else. Maybe a little of that is good once in a while.
There was a gap in the second ring on the Nest of Days cloth. Today I filled it. Not with what was pinned there the other day, but with a loose page from the little cloth book I was working on during Small Journeys, while considering Free Pages. From Scrap Book one.
Another ring is complete. I flipped the cloth to look at it many ways. It seems to work well like this. I like the shift right above the eye. That happened way back here and I fit it into the grid by adjusting the cloth around it.
This ring seems to be about the expected and the unexpected. I am trying to put that into words. It's like the checkerboard built with dark and light and 9s. I planned it in a way. It took awhile but I sort of knew what was coming next as I went along. So much so that I even grew impatient to see it like that. And then. A gap. A gap that stayed for a few days. And now this, the moons, an unexpected filler but really moons are also part of the expected. Especially as a symbol. And now it is all mixed up. In my mind. This ring of days. So that is just a few words about that. Maybe I am considering order vs natural order.