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Full Boro Moon rising…over House

Since the beginning of the “Contemporary Boro Weaving class” I have been doing this sampler as a way to practice my weaving.  It was going to be just squares…but one day…a house appeared! The roof is made from a silk tie. I still have a lot more stitching to do, but it’s on it’s way.

Weaving Sampler House

Then I made a full moon from blues that I had in my stash.

Full Boro Moon

When I put them together they look like this:

Full Boro Moon over House

That is ONE BIG MOON!   A very small section of a “Human Wrapping Cloth” ….or a “Life Coat”.  Not sure yet what it will become…but that is the fun part of the process. To listen and Do.  Stitch by Stitch

I’m thinking that I’ll probably add many other elements around the house….ones that relate to ‘Life’…..trees, birds, flowers, clouds, beasts, fences…it will evolve. 

“Have nothing in your house that you do not Know to be Useful and believe to be Beautiful”  — William Morris

 

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Redoing…

I learned how to embroider from my Grandmother Clara…she was a prize-winning stitcher with strict rules of how to do things…fingers just so…needle must enter here…etc. She taught me the “right way” to do stitching. NOW…I’m doing it my way! I have dozens of her pieces. This one was a plain white linen with her signature crochet edging.

Some dyeing to update

I stained the edging with “Color Wash” by Adirondack…it is a Tim Holtz product and works well on fabric. This is a mossy color…Mushroom. I am attaching a foundationless weaving to it and may use it on a side table….or maybe put it on a jacket. Who knows.

Clara's linen getting a new Life

 I still have to turn under all the edges and do a lot of stitching on it. ..but it’s starting to come alive. 

Grace from Jude’s class said:

“something about all this ReDoing..that is very
energetic, very really, forgiving of them for their
rules and us for not going by those rules. the
outcome is beauty and happiness.
i also love though that you care Full y kept her
signature edging. i think she would approve.
happiness here.”      

Jude said:

 “you have preserved her special touch and added your own. honor and journey combined. …now you are walking together”

I like these thoughts…and I know that Clara would too.

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 


Hearts within a Heart…

 

Write it on your heart that ‘every day is the best day of the year’.                        -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of us in Jude’s class have been making hearts to hang for the month of Feb. Mine keeps going through transformation…here’s what it looks like today…in honor of Valentines Day.

Hearts within a Heart

 

There are dozens of beautiful Hearts (human and cloth) around the globe today. We are forming a circle of togetherness and encouragement that is strong yet flexible.  A wonderful group of clothmates.

Yesterday my house was filled with Love and Celebration…we were celebrating birthdays for Grandchildren and Accomplishment for my Son passing his Electrician’s test.

a Toast to Success!

 Today the Sun is shining and we are finally getting some melting of the piles of snow that have been lingering. The slant of the light is beautiful coming in the windows

A glimmer of Spring

I did a little bit of weaving with wool and I have to say I love how it feels. It is so buttery and soft…the stitches glide through and now I’m thinking of trying some bigger pieces. The ideas are flowing like crazy. Hummmm, what to try next.

Wool Boro Weaving

 

Enjoy the Love everyone…….Shishi

 


Blowin’ in the Wind…

 
 

Winter Cloth out in the Snow

Snow…Snow…Snow
 
 

 

 
 

January Cloth

Boro Weaving class is going well.

Giving  the cloth a chance to enjoy the White….

There will be Hearts hanging everywhere around the world. 

Hearts around the World

 This one isn’t finished yet….still alot of stitching to do and then it will go outdoors to join the “Circle of Hearts” that are being stitched by all the participants of Jude’s class.

“It has taken scientists until the twentieth century to prove what we’ve known since time out of mind: that we are all connected.”   -Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Takilma Grandmother 

 Thanks woman with wings for this quote… http://womanwithwingsblog.blogspot.com/>

Till next time…..Shishi