Collared

Each time I hung Don’s painting shirts on the drying rack, I noticed they really needed mending. Not that he minded them … I did.

In truth, I had done some darning on one of them a while back, but obviously more needed to be done. So I cut away the ragged edges and pondered …

At first I considered using something with wild colors (I mean, they’re painting shirts). But when I went into the cloth closet, a recent thrift store purchase jumped out as the perfect choice …

Much better …

Last, but far from least, I’m back to the art blog with this …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/12/shelter-island.html

which was made just before this little treasure was opened on Christmas morning …

A delightful pair!

Connecting threads

I recently found my way to Karen at Stitching Life via the sidebar on Jude’s Spirit Cloth. Karen’s current post, in which she replicates a bit of nineteenth-century pattern on 40-count silk, lit up the long-neglected synapses that connect the current me to the once-upon-a-time me. So I sent her a link to this image …

Then I actually read my post, which included this image …

and the words “I’m starting to wonder where my bit of even-weave cloth will end up.”

I suspect Mo is nodding her head as she surely knows where this is going. The tiny bit of linen ended up being 1.5″ to a side and I know that because I gave it away …

sent it to Mo in Australia along with a bit of rust dyed cloth, where she incorporated both into the Key Book

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/12/key-book.html

And the story might have ended there, except that Mo dreamed up I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer, to which I responded. And somehow, in the course of that magical time, Mo gifted the Key Book to me

The pennant with Old Man Crow’s lyrics to I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer, travelled to Australia, where it lives with Mo and Rod to this day …

The mended shell eventually returned home to Texas (where it subsequently became a part of a published book, which is a story for another day) …

and now sits on the same shelf as the Key Book

Last, but not least, here is one of Mo’s exquisite drawings from The Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow, which arrived September 12, 2016. How do I know that? It’s all on the blog

Done and done

We both finished projects today!

Don’s acrylic take on a photo from our recent New Mexico jaunt …

and my cloth book Moon Myth

Both will eventually make it into the new art blog, but for now here’s the story of how the cloth book ended up.

The story began in May 2018 when I started to play around with ideas (click the pix to see complete images) …

And fortunately, much of its making was documented in blog links on the new blog and in page form on the old blog.

But as noted recently, I stalled in late 2018 when I tried stitching the plastic impregnated canvas text to the cloth blocks … that was no fun at all.

Fast forward to this past week, when I brought it back out and determined I was going to finish, dammit, come hell or sore fingers.

There were some hiccups along the way, but none of the problems were insurmountable. The most recent involved the too-skinny spine of the book, which I disassembled and then bolstered up by folding and hemming every other page edge …

The disassembling also gave me an opportunity to re-photograph every page with the light box, shown here with the latest art blog entry …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/11/burnished-pot.html

But honestly, I still like taking pictures on our soumak rug …

although I promise to do a proper art blog post … eventually.