Today is the first day of the Magic Diaries class over at Jude Hill's Spirit Cloth blog. Everyone has been anxiously waiting for this day. My fellow stitchers have been preparing for this day, each in her/his own way. The most most 'vocal' has certainly been Grace over at windthread, where she has prepared fabric and looked at placement, color, shape and theme in a variety of configurations - thoughtfully considering Jude's many past lessons. Others have designated certain 'projects' to be worked on during this time. Still others have been waiting for the class to start to get going or to be inspired or to just ride along for the observational learning and inspiration of it all.
I have had a vague ideas floating about in my head. I have certain colors that always call to me. I am drawn towards woodsy colors...earth & flower colors, as I think of them.
I have the experimental dyeing that I've been doing.
I even wrapped a couple of trees to let Mother Nature in on the fun!
As I've been cleaning my studio, I have been pulling out things that seem to fit in with the feeling of all of this. I want to do some planning along with more than some discovering along the way. Something else quite important to me right now, is to only work with materials I have on hand (except possibly thread). I also have made a decision about the dyeing part (for now... Haaha). I am going to focus my efforts on only the most simple methods and materials. I have India's beautiful book, which I have not had time to devour properly. Oh my it is just so gorgeous!
So, I am going to stick to things like tea, onion skins, red rock, and rust for now. I feel myself getting too distracted and I want to be proactive about changing that. I am also planning on using my ugly stuff!!! My thought is: if I dye something and it doesn't look so hot...who is to say it won't look just fine cut up and woven and stitched upon?! Exactly.
Like I said, I will be using materials on hand! Which means mostly cottons, with a few other things tossed in. That's what I've got!
I hung up all these pieces from my growing pile and took a look and made my first Magic discovery! I could not get my little heart piece out of my head. It already holds a lot of meaning for me. I sit and look at it and move the last few hearts around and let the ideas gel some more. All this while, it has been telling me that it belonged here on this new cloth. Somehow it needs to fit in on this Big Cloth. And this is true...I am not done holding it near yet. I have not been sure where or how...but, so far I have most often seen it in the middle. Anyway I then pulled out the old fabrics from a project never started...
the ones I'd had in my mind to use...
well Low & Behold --- They are the same colors as my heart piece!
The greens, the purples, ...it all fit!
I hung them up to see/feel them working together. Yes...this seems right so far. I did not really intend to do a Dark and Light thing while pinning them. This is a first hanging, just to see what I've got. I'm sure there will be plenty of movement in the coming months.
So, as you look at the photos below, let's play a little "I Spy" game...
I spy 2 failed flip and stitch
and one very old handkerchief
I spy acorns three
and light & dark leaves from a tree
I spy stars in the night
and little holes to let in light
I spy 2 things that fly
and two skins that may slither by
Among these fabrics are more special treasures,
I must say...
but let's discover those along the way!
I'm thinking about starting with some cloth weaving and 9 patch....
But first I'm going to
sit a while
and look at this
Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2011