quilt weaving

Reflective mood

Leaves gone, our local pond added to my reflective mood this past week.

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white pine needles; reflected trees; basswood bark

white pine needles; reflected trees; basswood bark

These winter evenings are perfect for working on my personal quilt project, practicing new quilt weaving skills. I'm incorporating the vintage damask napkins that I've layered with paste resisted imagery and indigo dye and pigment, as well as squares woven from my own dyed scraps and other fabrics from my stash.

grass; water; heron; moon

grass; water; heron; moon

naturally dyed scraps and Indian block print"

naturally dyed scraps and Indian block print"

Interlude: Weaving with cloth

I'm taking an online workshop from Jude Hill of Spiritcloth, learning something about her innovative approach to weaving cloth from other cloth. It's a freeing experience for me and such a contrast from my rather structured katazome routine. I really enjoy how quickly these pieces of cloth come together. As I tear strips and weave I am loosening up my thinking. Here are my first few attempts. [caption id="attachment_2654" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="silk, cotton, linen, 2" strips"]silk, cotton, linen, 2" strips[/caption]

These little woven pieces also stimulate my own daydreaming. In the piece above I can see ....

a favorite sateen shirt from 30 years ago limpets gathered on Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland magenta gladiolas from our August garden (which dyed the silk a light green) a cloth "palette" I use to test color and off-load my brush when dyeing katazome an edge of a work called "my sister's house" ...

which of course immediately transports me to my sister's woodsy place with the salty breezes near the coast of Maine.

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="anchored weaving 1 with cotton and silk"]anchored weaving 1[/caption]

I used the little stones as weights for one part of the process but I really like how they look on this piece!

one more...

[caption id="attachment_2656" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="anchored weaving 2 on indigo dyed wool base, silk, cotton, linen"]anchored weaving 2[/caption]