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15 Years Later…

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I have hung my daughter’s wedding gown in the gallery to honor her 15th anniversary. This dress was remade from her 2 Grandmothers gowns. The satin was my Mom’s and the Irish Lace was my husbands mothers.

We did many fittings, added a bit here and a bit there. I added all the beading and lace design work…and I can remember working on this gown for months! Each piece Hand-stitched with anticipation of my daughter’s wedding day. It was truly an amazing moment watching her walk down the aisle in a dress with so many special moments and memories stitched into it.

Her two daughters came to see it and they both exclaimed that they wanted to wear that dress someday…time will tell!

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A Swirly kind of Day…

Lately is seems that I see swirls everywhere…

at the studio.

fabric collage with machine freeform mark-making

 in the garden…

Cucumber leaf and vine

in the House…

Hurricane Candle

 

Etched Glass

 

 

 along the driveway…

Metal Swirl

So what can all this mean? Maybe this is one of my personal symbols. It seems that I have used many of these in my artwork…and I am drawn to them as decoration.

I think it is time to make  a swirling feather to send to Jude’s feather project.

Soon the Autumn leaves will be swirling….and my head will be Swirling with other ideas! 

 

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~Buddha

Time to get busy!

 

 

 

 

 

 


‘Starbright’…Continuing

 

Time for finishing up  projects… getting them ready for the gallery show this month.
Starbright Cloth still in progress

I have been working on this cloth steadily. It has many, many hours of stitching time…but all very relaxing.

A Corner...

Another Corner

 

A little heart found it's way

Isn’t it amazing … some scraps and thread and a little bit of dreaming … Starbright!  

 

“Only from the heart
Can you touch the sky.”
Rumi


Spring Rain….

 

The rain has been steady most of the day….and the new growth is loving it.  Green is emerging and sprouts are everywhere.  Little creatures are hiding in the nooks and waiting for the clearing.

Ring of Shells

Time has gotten the best of some of us….but we still hold firm.

Holding Firm

Every year this sculpture sinks deeper and deeper into the earth…bits and pieces of her falling aside, giving shelter to the unseen.  Time moves on.
 
The blossoms give us Hope.

Offerings to ask for Abundance

Thank you to all who supported me during this Open Studio.  I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. 
 

To Girl-friend-ship!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;  they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust

 

Happy Easter…enjoy Family and Friends.  Shishi

 


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

 

 

    

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

 


Honoring the Cloth…

I’ve been drawn to the making of  ‘slow cloth’

stitches… remnants… threads…

and then I learn…there is a movement of women who are doing the same thing.  Honoring the cloth…it’s past…its stories, and creating new stories with the fragments of all.

…Making Spirit Cloths…

Beginnings of Winter Cloth

Here are some of the small pieces that I’ve been working on for the past few months.

Stacked Small Cloths and Wool Penny Pin Cushion

What is it about the thrill of seeing a pile of work….I guess the feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction for a job well done. 

Hours of stitching time compacted into one small stack!

A Glimpse of Stitches

Now it’s time for Waiting….to Listen to the Whispers of the Cloth

         And what is life? A crazy quilt; Sorrow and joy, and grace and guilt, With here and there a square of blue For some old happiness we knew; And so the hand of time will take The fragments of our lives and make, Out of life’s remnants, as they fall, A thing of beauty, after all.

 

(Excerpt from “A Crazy Quilt” by Douglas Malloch)