Damp Stretching

damp-stretching-on-yew by dee at clothcompany

Well, OK, I haven’t exactly been the ‘best’ student in Karen Ruane‘s class. It’s not that her stuff isn’t completely and wildly inspiring or that she doesn’t share well. Not at all.

But, I was busy with CB2 over at Spirit Cloth and I struggle to create all-white or even monochrome pieces, and I am still mildly obsessed (can one be ‘mildly obsessed’?!!) with cloth weaving,

and there were summer activities, and I got my first indigo vat going… and… and…  In any case, nobody is yelling at me, and I WILL get to the Chinese knots (can’t wait) and the cut outs and the nontraditional use of hexagons… and my supply of antique lace and linens.  It’ll be fun.  (Did I mention that I’m looking for a job?!)

But for now, I am very happy to have just watched the lesson on damp stretching. The first photo and the one below are the Noah’s Ark piece…

Pressing a finished quilt that will hang on the wall is not as perilous as trying to apply heat to a two-sided piece, like Karen’s. And, I don’t, here, have to worry about scorching antique, white, irreplaceable linens, the way she does.

Nevertheless, pressing a finished wall quilt squashes the batting, ruins the irregularities so lovingly applied with hand-stitching, and can be a bitch to do uniformly, even if willing to make those sacrifices.

So I have pinned the unbound quilt to a piece of foam core board and spritzed it with water. It is out on our huge yew, to dry in the sun. I can see already that this will even things out nicely.

In the meantime, Son No. 1 is now home (though not at this moment) and we are, for a few short weeks, a family again!  Messes converge – backpack on sewing supplies, dirty clothes everywhere, shoes piled up near the back door, wet towels accruing at a hotel-pace.  Their having been gone makes me feel uncharacteristically tender toward their strewn things, and anyway, my preferred strategy, even when annoyed, is to deal with MY mess (which is generally sizable).  Today my paper mess is demanding some attention.  I’ve laid everything out, and left it there.  Not even a handsome face makes me want to touch the stuff.  But, I will.  I will.

At least I removed the mirror from the dining room table – just in case it was helping the mess multiply (think: Feng Shui).  Enough rambling for one morning, Bye!

8 thoughts on “Damp Stretching

  1. deanna7trees

    oh yes. karen has convinced me that damp stretching is the way to go. i have a variety of different sized cork boards that are used constantly…even for some of my crochet and knitted pieces.

  2. Chloe

    That’s what I like doing with my crap too – put it all into lovely neat piles… and then watch the layers accumulate into teetering chaos again 🙂 Nice to see the Ark finished: that rain is so convincing!

  3. deedeemallon

    deanna – I think I’m going to be a fan, too! I’ve damp-stretched knit things before, but never quilts…
    Beth – thanks for stopping by! entered my name (I think)…
    Hi Chloe – I am attaching the piles RIGHT AFTER THIS comment… will have Olympics ping pong on

    1. deedeemallon

      Hello Saskia! thanks for the feedback and yes, although the boys are running in and out quite a bit, it’s nice to all be ‘here’ again…

  4. Wholly Jeanne

    I am obsessed with weaving cloth strips, too. Your weavings are quite fetching and make me want to rip me up some cloth and get to weaving again. Moving the mirror? Funny. And good idea.


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