I spent today making this nuno scarf: It is a gift.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I decided I needed to start fastening all my bits down, today. And I filled some gaps like the lower right corner in this photo.
I attached these and cut off the bottom which had been hidden behind other fabrics.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I have been engrossed in designing Palace of the Soul. This is the right 'cornerstone'. And today I was deciding between straight
and here's what I chose:
I have moved things on and off and around and varied directions - and I'm not done, yet . I have really been feeling into what wants to be included and where, listening closely and acting on that.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Something was really brewing inside me yesterday. I went into the studio vaguely thinking I might do more handstitch or begin a gift but nope, that snow dyed piece I had previously unpicked didn't want to be put away and suddenly some hand pieced blocks declared they would be the perfect partners for it - on a large piece. So I played along and prepared a size and shape that felt right. I was curious as to when exactly did I do the snow dyeing, so I went back in my journals and discovered that I had made the first of these blocks the same day - and had an intention to make a larger piece. Well, at least my psyche remembered!
I proceeded to nearly cover the whole of this with other fabrics I've dyed and pieces that I've partially stitched, but I'm not at the stage yet where everything has found its place. This piece is going to be called 'Palace of the Soul' and I feel excited and know I will be spending alot of time with it.
Monday, November 21, 2011
While the wind outside picked up, rearranging leaves and branches, I was picking up fabrics and supplies in the studio after my creative whirlwind, so I can have room to work again! In normally hidden spaces, I found many partially completed projects and felt into what has energy for me now and found that many of them do and that I have lots of ideas for where to take them, next.
Some of this pond that I saw yesterday, had become ice. And the only sun to be seen was on this tree:
More frost toned down the colours outside, yesterday morning. I had been working with tones - wanting to use one of my snow dyed pieces of fabric in a table topper.
But somehow, it wasn't working - the colours looked good together and matched ones in the snow dyed linen, but the contrast of their flat solid colour and geometric shapes was too great. So I decided to go for a walk.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
It was such a pleasure to be stitching, yesterday, and I'm eager to add more to this. I added tracks to the sand, as well, when I went to watch the waves surge in the wind.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Over the weekend I made another nuno pre-felt and completed a bit of knitting, but mostly just slowed down, taking time to reflect. Today I stitched together a variety of fabrics and then dyed them with leaves, afterwards.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I went back to stitching yesterday and answered some of my questions, as well. Could I nuno felt my Japanese Maple dyed scarf and maintain some of the prints? The leaf prints were faint to begin with and though I put very little wool and silk in the center and can see the marks, they are not really discernable. But I know they are there and will remember collecting the brilliant scarlet leaves from the lawn's green fringe and the excitement of later unrolling the scarf with the spent brownish leaves still beautiful, glistening and clinging to the silk. A scarf was quicker to nuno felt than a shawl because the area to design was smaller and I also put less materials on this one. I just love the delicate strength - and - the memory hidden in the folds.
And I wondered how this silk scarf would look overdyed with Japanese Maple - it had yellows and greens from other vegetation, previously. A surprise came with the black lines from a brown shoelace - which had never given colour before.
And when I was cleaning out my fridge, I found three shrivelled mushrooms with dark brown undersides and rather than just compost them, I wondered if they would make lovely rings. They did make black rings which washed out, leaving mostly browns from the peony leaves.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Today I was at the opening of a group show I'm part of, at Satin Moon Quilt Shop. Here is Maya Brouwer with one of her lovely pieces:
I was also to the opening of the Fibres at the Hill show a few days ago, put on by the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association, which was a real pleasure to see, as was visiting with so many familiar faces.
Here I've used Japanese Maple leaves to add colour to this scarf I plan to nuno felt.