BLOOD MOON :: 6.25" H x 6.50" W :: vintage cottons and linens, sourced from old clothing and quilter's scraps :: woven in strips, torn, patched, and heavily stitched.
I'm pleased to say that Blood Moon is finished. It needs only to go to the framer and then it will be really, truly complete. I'm in wonderment over how long it took me to travel from start to almost done to finish. I would never have made it at all, had I not had the benefit of Jude Hill's awesome examples and generous teachings.
I think next I will make objects ... dolls, critters, little boxes ... we'll see. And jewelry, new jewelry ideas are a poppin' in my head and I love it. .
UPDATE: It seems that Liz Ackert is on the same wavelength today, moon dancing over at her blog: I'm Going to Texas. Her blog is always worth visiting.
Perhaps you remember when I started working on this star. That was at the end of August,. It's been moving slowly. I used to bemoan the fact that I was such a slow worker, but now I accept that it's my way and that's okay. I don't like to rush the stitching. I like to spend time looking at it while I work. Another thing that causes the finish to move farther away - I often pick out all the stitches in a particular section and then start it over again.I don't enjoy that, but it's a necessity. I enjoy the result.
So, now it's nearing completion, and I have a name for it: Blood Moon. :-)
Last night was the reception for "On the Fringe" - a juried show of works by Connecticut members of Surface Design Association, at the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery in Fairfield, CT. My piece, Twelve Patch with Crosses, was in the show and, before the night was over, I was thrilled to see it had acquired a red dot.
The thing about this piece is that it became something so incredibly different from how it started. I am accustomed to going with the flow when I sew ... the textiles and the muse conspire to guide me the way they want to go and I'm very glad that they do.
The horizontal piece, up above, started out to be a vertical 12-patch and it was going to be very minimalistic ... solid black background with stitching only on the squares.
But, as I was stitching, I kept feeling like I wanted to fill that black space, but I didn't know how. I kind of wanted to fill the space with stitches, but I found I was not comfortable stitching "outside the box." The more I looked at it, the more the black took on its own life and all I could see were the crosses. Suddenly, I wanted to make crosses. After all, all the cool kids (i.e. awesome stitchers) have crosses.
So, I plotted and I stitched ...
And this is where all those scraps of fabric and stitches landed ...
I make progress, slowly. I tend to spend a lot of time just gazing at the stitches, in a reverie not conducive to productivity. It's a meditation ... no thoughts, just being there with the fibers.
Visit Jack Kerouac on Meditation HERE. Or you could just be a cat. I'm sure cats like to meditate.
Yo - Jack Kerouac - I am a very hep cat.
A teeny bit of progress. It seems I make progress in slow motion. So be it. One of my high school friends, no longer with us, used to call me "Mo" - thus, I am Slow Mo. :-)