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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Acorns Glue Stitch Collage



Things around my place have been very busy...busy with change.
I have a To Do list a mile long and a old brain trying to keep track of it all.
I do have this to share though.  It is a Very Simple cloth.  I made it in one night, because that is all the time I had.  It was gifted to two gals and some children & their families...but really to the two gals.  I won't see them again.



It started with the big, bottom, brown acorn cloth.  I've had this cloth forever and have always adored it.  When I went to pull it out, I found the green acorn cloth too. 
Obviously, I love acorns!
The fuzzy wool & white burlap was a gift from a clothmate.  As I began to lay them out, a tree formed, to the left of the acorns.  The last choice I made was was adding the lighter bands along the bottom, sort of a grass, greenery, ground type of thing. 
I rather like the acorns being on the side, instead of the logical place of falling under the tree.
The whole thing is glue stitched and nothing else.  I wanted to add even more fabric, like a black velvet oval on the 'tree' trunk (fuzzy wool).  I had thought of muslin stamped (and then stitched or left as just the stamp marking) with my acorn stamp being placed on the acorns fabric...maybe just one or two acorns.  The stamp is a bit larger, so I was liking the idea of the proportions being off. 
I wanted to fuss with the burlap lump from being folded so long.  But, time will have to do that now.
I ran out of time to do any more and not because of my usual procrastination habit, but because the need of this came up suddenly.
I added a braided-driftwood hanger and called it a night.  The driftwood is of course from our favorite beach!
I really like the map-grid-like lines on the back.  So geometrical.  
I'm really not OK with having it feel so unfinished (to me), even though it was well-received by one of the recipients.  I wanted to play with it some more :)  To make myself feel more satisfied, I dreamed of different ways a seemingly unfinished piece could be used.
1. As a 'story starter'...new owner could add more stitches. (I don't think they will choose to do this).  I love the story starter idea.  A collaboration of sorts.  Both Michelle and Grace's grandson, Julian, have story starters from me.  I think they have chosen not to add any stitches at this time.  This is fine too, for the story is still held within the fibers of the cloth.
2. As a place to pin announcements, photos etc.  A type of bulletin board.


A good lesson in 'enough'.  Because it kind of is 'enough' as it is.  A good lesson in time considerations when making to give away (even though this was not the case here, it had to be last minute).  A good lesson in letting the cloth lead and using what is on hand.
Over in Diaries, Jude commented that it is an "honest cloth".  That it is....that it is.
I enjoyed working on it and she enjoyed getting it...and that is what counts, bottom line.


   Photo by Nancy A. Erisman ©2012

10 comments:

deanna7trees said...

i love it just the way it is. i like your idea of 'a story starter'. sounds like you're quite busy.

Nancy said...

Deanna~ Thanks! And I am busy, but getting things done - so that feels good!

saskia said...

what a great story/cloth and what a good idea to gift someone a 'starter cloth'

Nancy said...

Saskia~ Thank you and yes, I've really fallen for the story starter idea :)

Peggy said...

Nancy, I love how you put your acorn cloth together and how you envision it continuing. Or not, because it already has a story, as you say. It sounds like it came together in an easy way, that's always a sign that these pieces want to be together, right? In other words, you got out of their way! xxx

Nancy said...

Peggy~ Thank you so much. Stories start very easily and are gently passed along, yes? It's good not to argue with the cloth!

jenclair said...

Thoughtful simplicity. Love the way it came together, all the way to the driftwood.

Nancy said...

Jenclair~ Thank you :)

blandina said...

Absolutely fascinating this idea of a story starter. It would be nice to see in time what the recipient made with it.

Nancy said...

Blandina~ It would be fun to know!