P.S. The heart above is not a ‘go’ but I like the idea of a tiny nine patch occupying its center. Among other things, doing so would give the suggestion of a fractal (if not an actual fractal) — which is a sophisticated style of patterning employed by many African societies (posted about here).
Which is part of why I want to make a quilt. It’s not quite the ‘fearless action’ I consecrated myself to in a Solstice circle yesterday, but it is not nothing either.
A nine block would fitting. If each heart was secured atop a square of woven strips (in the style of and with techniques taught by Jude Hill), I think it would convey something about hope and love uniting us all – whatever hue our stripe.
Anyone in? I only need
EIGHT SIX FIVE FOUR others ONE MORE. Thank you Sandi and Donna! And Ginny! And anonymous. And Dana, Mo and Gillan.
Make quilt. Take picture of quilt. Print, then stitch picture of quilt to folded pages of a book.* Make a color xerox. Tape color xerox to window on top of Nat’l Geographic photo of a robed figure. Take another picture. Voila.
Do any other fiber artists out there like to play with paper reproductions of their fiber work?
*(“The Crystal Cave” by Mary Stewart).
Off to make a smoothie for D’s first day of school… LATE START is a great idea for teenagers!
For a week, we were one of those families – you know the ones – the families that take vacations, spend money, have fun.
The skies in Colorado were the most glorious blue, all except for the second day, when it snowed, alas, only a little. The powder disappointed – not up to the Rocky’s standards at all. But, ooooooooooh the space!! Yes, the room to maneuver and general lack of iciness made the skiing still very superior to that possible on New England slopes (especially THIS year).
At MidVail, hot dogs cost $10.75. Thankfully, courtesy my brother and the company he works for, we were comped almost everything… room, ski tickets, parking for the week, internet access, movies charged to the room. And, K’s multiple trips to Asia meant we had frequent flier miles to spend and ‘premium access’ – no charge for extra bags, for one thing – and hallelujah, because we had TEN bags to check (four helmets and four pairs of ski boots take up quite a bit of room!) It still feels like we spent a fortune, but truly, we didn’t.
I sewed a little. Drew a little. Read a little. Skied two days (half days, really – it was all my legs could take). Really enjoyed myself. Everyone did.
My hearts look so rag-tag. I am doing my full-out best not to compare them to anyone else’s hearts. They are mine, dammit! Ragged, messy, scarred-up looking, and mine. I really like the few sketches I made, though — I’ll post a couple more tomorrow.
This week promises to be busy. Will continue with Jude Hill‘s Whispering Hearts class, along with a million other things that have to get done (three doctor’s appts – mine and other’s; thank you gifts to mail; fridge stink to rout out; high school follow up; class to prep for; laundry; piles to sort and put away; food to procure and prep; Newton Open Studios countdown to organize; printer to purchase; quilts to continue on and finish; felt house order to fill; commission email to happily respond to). eek!!! Right now, I better just get to bed.
P.S. the slipper link was added to that post if you were wanting the pattern.
I might be finished piecing “Middle Passage I” – shown here. An African ritual beaded belt helped me ‘see’ the bottom edge. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be daring and violate copyright laws to show you.
I finished this felt house today by adding satin cording and a bottom and closing it up into a 3-D structure. Need to find bead for closure.
Did first “Whispering Hearts”‘ online class with Jude Hill yesterday – signed up, whaaa? – last year sometime – only now going through the entire class (I signed up at a time when I was working full-time — it was an act of hope more than anything). I love her idea of keeping things simple and getting to know the subject before departing from it. On American Idol, they’d say – ‘more melody’ or ‘stick to the tune’.
Cleaning out paper boxes, found the heart doilies… once you investigate a theme, it starts showing up everywhere (but, I have to announce for the record, that I’ve been sewing hearts of one kind or for more than a decade!)
Tonight, after WISHING for curtains for our back sliders for years – honest to god – and puzzling over the nine foot expanse, wondering about support for the rod, brackets (do they match others in the room, or not?), where to place the fullness of cloth and still move in and out the door readily – I JUST DID IT!! Had the spring rods. Dug up the curtains.
Maybe it’s the NIKE track poster of C’s that I just hung on the other wall that spurred this long over-due act!!
Whatever the reason, it is heavenly to have the room completely enclosed at night – especially when the leaves are still not out.