Going large

I’ve wanted to make a queen bed-size covering for a while now. Watching Jude as she hunkers down … seeing Hazel tangled up in blue … always being amazed by Judy Martin and her daughter April … reading story in Grace’s big cloth … loving Dee’s cloth collaging … taking heart in Saskia’s exploration of larger cloths … and so many others besides. Kindred Spirits all.

Never one to follow the usual paths, I plan to not-plan. At least not too much. For now I have gathered cloth …

Much of it clothing, long-loved, none more than this …

India print cotton torn from a dress I got in high school … that I wore when Don and I were dating … that has traveled with us to every home we have ever lived in.

I wondered how Don would feel about me tearing it up.

“To sleep under?” The tenderness in his voice was all the answer I needed.

So now I am beginning, mixing one strand of Deb’s thread with one strand of DMC, lest I run out too quickly …

Stitching big and bold … planning to collage an entire king-size flannel sheet with pieces of me … a work in progress, yet to be named.

Keeping occupied

In between Texas Tarot collages, which are accumulating quite nicely …

I’m stitching together strips of thrift store linen in preparation for a big cloth …

As I finish each bit of Deb’s thread or trim off a bit of cloth, I toss it behind my stitching chair. Then scoop it all up once a week on cleaning day …

I’m sure Don hasn’t noticed … ha!

In between times, I wander through Instagram, which is a relatively new vice. Morna’s tea bag markings have been a particular delight of late …

And our daily lunchtime smoothie bowls are enlightened by watching Wendy Macnaughton’s #drawtogether Instagram live videos …

Highly recommended for wanna-be kids like me.

Now I’m off to make some bread … hoping there will be a rotisserie chicken in our grocery delivery today.

It doesn’t take much to make me happy 😊

Joy-full

I simply like to make things …

Sometimes with an end in mind, as with this bit of Inktense block doodling that is destined to be torn apart …

for collage …

But mostly I just love getting lost in the making …

for its own sake.