New note: issues continue with the so-called “gallery” pictures in most, but not all, posts.
I just added a blog to the list of Kindred Spirits in the original version of I’m Going to Texas. The author is Paula Kovarik and she recently wrote about her process of patching a cloth together.
Fascinating … and so not me. I’d never have the patience to lay out all those pieces and then put them all together at the end. But also a wicked bit of synchronicity, as I had just finished writing my thoughts in hopes of finding my way to a new piece of patchplay (transcribed below to save you from having to decipher my handwriting) …
Thinking it through: what do I most like to do?
- tear cloth into random width strips
- seam folded edges together with whip stitch
- embroider small patches to hold memory and meaning
- “quilt” two layers together with Texas Two-step (aka combination stitch)
- use up thread nest/scrap bin cuttings (aka piece/peace basket, per Sue McQ)
How it might go
- tear white linen 20” x 40” (or whatever size I end up choosing)
- turn edges and secure with tailor’s herringbone stitch
- begin piecing strips of patches, leaving edges raw
- periodically lay out the strips on linen, turn edges under to finish, leave raw edges to be covered by subsequent rows (pseudo-Kawandi)
- “quilt” strips with Texas Two-step
- embroider “whenever”
More thoughts —
- gather patches into “end of project” groupings
- appliqué and/or quilt to add detail, variation
- moons from Glennis (maybe too fragile?)
- couching strips of seams (like the stitching chair) as part of deconstructing shirts in the cloth bins (I have a lot of thrift store clothing that needs to be broken down)
So maybe a table cloth a la Jude? But now I’m doing the math and thinking, hmmm … the dining room table is 10 feet long by 3 feet wide … plus another foot or so all around for the overhang. Maybe I should just get back to finishing our bed cloth instead …
Of course, if I had planned ahead I wouldn’t be stitch-wrapping all the raw edges. But after considering Judy Martin’s Not To Know But To Go On, I figured yes, I can do this … however long it takes.
I also did some birthday card crafting a la Paul Klee for soon-to-be 8 year old Jace (and yes, it does look like it says “18”) …
And I decided I want to revive my original blog practice of posting successful food forays, much like this one titled Salad Days from 2009. I can’t hope to rival Deb G’s food photos, but for the record here’s today’s lunch, which I’m calling Waldorf My Way …
Of course, I forgot to include the scallions in the first picture and the mayo in the second picture. Nonetheless, this new version sans apples was an improvement on my memories of the Waldorf Salads of the 1960s that were dressed with straight mayo and included raisins (sorry, not a fan). Making a fresh vinaigrette with just a bit of mayo for creaminess was a good substitution.