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Birthing Goddess–Handstitched on cotton & linen turquoise and copper embellishments.

Birthing Goddess--Handstitched on cotton & linen turquoise and copper embellishments.

Happy Mothers Day to all you beautiful women who are Moms to people, animals, ideas and adventures! May you enjoy all the Blessings that Life has to offer.


Beginning… Again.

 

 

 

I’ve been busy all along working on many creative things!

 

It was nice to have a break from blogging but it’s time to start again. So here I am continuing my work on the Diaries Cloth.  I’ve had the pleasure of joining a wonderful group of gals  over at Jude’s .  We have been stitching slowly and enjoying the group energy!

                                                                                                                                

 I’ve used it a few times as a meditation cloth…it has a wonderful, calm energy.

  

Who knows…it may end up as a Kimona that I’ll wear!

This was an old, white linen shirt that I acquired somewhere (?) . It was calling out for a makeover so I tied up a few areas into little bundles and gave it a dip in the dye-p0t.

 

  I put these threads into a walnut dyepot to tone down the brightness in them.

 

 I have also moved my studio this past season so things have been a bit topsy turvy around here. 

 

 


Transforming…

 

    ‘Take what shows up on your plate

    and transform it until it feeds you.’

     

    — Ram Dass

     

    Spring is not too far away and the snow has melted…the days are getting longer…and people are coming out into the light and smiling more. Our surroundings are being transformed.

     

    Doing a bit of transforming on the Clara Cloth . 

    My 'Eye's of March'

     Jude’s eyes have inspired me to put an eye in this…maybe a portal from another time?

     

    I love hand washing…and rack drying. The studio is so dry these days that they dry in no time. These little bits of colored cloth will be transformed into something FUN to wear..       

    Washed and Drying

    I’m thinking, a short kimono style jacket, inspired by this one that I knit about 10 years ago.  

    Knitted Log Cabin Jacket

    Enjoy this time of transformation…..Shishi

     


Star Bright…

Star Bright

 “There are as many different worlds as there are perceivers or Beings or individuals. You are not here to create one world where everyone is the same, wanting and getting the same. You are here to be that which you want to be, while you allow all others to be that which they want to be.”

— Abraham

I’ve done a bit of patching and mending on this cloth. The background has been distressed with inks, paint, coffee, tea, wine, and even a bit of chocolate smudged in.

corner #1

corner #2

corner #3

corner #4

Next…….I will stitch many stitches to give this cloth Life…It’s off to a good start.

Jude’s  Boro Weaving class has come to an end.  Now I will continue to work on the dozen or so pieces that I have started. Some will be put into large bed sized quilts…others will be wall hangings, pillow covers, a jacket and a clutch. I have even started a stuffed beast!

So now that Spring is around the corner…let’s celebrate beginnings…and continuings.

  • We have many layers, may shades, many moods.. fascinating creatures we are, with oceans inside of us and many poems waiting to be awakened from their deep slumbers.

Till next time….Shishi

 

 

    

Walking through the “Rusty Garden”

Live close to the earth and clear down to your heart.

The weather is changing…the days are finally getting longer.  A nice day for a walk through the garden…this is what I saw.

Finally seeing Rocks and Grasses

Everything has rusted up nicely!  I’ll be draping cloth on them for some nice staining effects. Some of the gals in my Boro Weaving class are into Eco-dying…using nature elements to dye cloth. They are getting great results so I’m going to give it a try.

Rusty Circle Sculpture

 I want to dye some muslin…and put it in the white area of this cloth to give it an old, distressed look.

Star Bright beginning

Once the background is pinned  I can start the stitching. This would look great on a pillow…or the back of a jacket.

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

 


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


The Trees Emerge…

I have been working on my Winter Cloth during these days of freezing, snowy Winter weather.  It is slow…meditative…inward.  January is good for this.

Winter Cloth....trees added

This was inspired by Jude of Spirit Cloth. http://spiritcloth.typepad.com/spirit_cloth/#tp She has been an inspiration to me…the way she puts her fabrics together…her stitching…her art quilts…amazing!  

Tomorrow is the start of her class “Contemporary Boro Workshop” which I will be a part of.  I am doing the preliminary work from her video class “Cloth 2 Cloth” and this is a picture of the woven squares that I’ve done so far.

Woven Boro Cloth #1

This is the first.  It is the backside of a fabric to give a softer look. Other layers will be put on it with threadwork on top of that.

Woven Boro #2

I will baste this together and then it will be ready for the next step.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.” ~Rumi