Thursday, July 1, 2010

SpiritCloth Workshop

I'm back- I've been reading through lots of troubleshooting questions on the blogger site and have moved back to the old editor for now.. at least I can add a post this way! It's been a frustrating few days trying to get this to work...
I'm really enjoying Jude Hill's SpiritCloth Online workshop... we're learning lots of techniques and asking ourselves lots of 'what ifs' in our process of creating a Story Cloth.... I'm loving the techniques; and will eventually try each type and make a sampler so I don't forget in the future!
I've put together quite a few different bases; this one I blogged about last week; old, old linen and cotton. I've been thinking that the linen reminds me of something and I know what it is now; papyrus. The fibres are visible and the stiffness of this little piece reminds me of the coarse texture of papyrus.


This is where I am up to with this one now; a story is starting to be told. The bird is seeking inner strength and is safe to be with her thoughts whilst in the tree. The tree itself is nuturing and protecting. Sometimes in my life I am happy to be the tree and other times I just want to be that bird sitting safely in the branches. The roots are couched threads and frayings. The sky, earth and tree are all hand-dyed.

Detail

Detail





Bird Detail







I think the cycles of life are going to be incluede in this cloth too...
Here is where I am up to with my Sun piece; I envisage it being part of a larger cloth. I adore working on this hand dyed lined background....



The Sun



Here is another little 'what if'. What if I put that gorgeous coloured hand dyed silk piece on a piece of that tweed? And what if I dig in my jar of scraps and pull out.... that piece of vintage necktie fabric and put it on top. What if that looks like a tree? What if I stitch it down just there?

Tree on Tweed


6 comments:

Joei Rhode Island said...

I'll be back to see where this goes. Love the beginning post. Jude does great videos for the class...I had so much fun with the Cloth to Cloth.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

These photos are spectacular and I will take a little more time looking. I have been visiting Spirit Cloth for years and loving each stop!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

OHHHHHHH! details of this cloth!
i like it so much...and now i can
see the roots and all, closer...
will the sun go there,then, ???
it would be spectacular...

Judy Whaites said...

Love this story cloth. Mysterious wayward threads helping the tree grow.

Marie said...

Just lovely! I love all the, "what-ifs". It makes me think
:)
good luck with blogger!

Clare Wassermann said...

wow I love your blog and all your stitching and pastels - I'm looking forward to being on the Jude journey with you!

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