Need

It took holding the cloth two inches from the end of my nose, but I needed to do this …

With thanks to all the dyers of cloth and thread (there are several here) … to Jude who taught me how to love nine

And to Ruth for the words and everything she did …

P.S. my cataract surgery is scheduled for September 28th … I’ve decided to remain nearsighted, but at 4 diopters rather than 9 … the better to keep on stitching.

Base-ic

Back in the day –before the word “base” was abased by the current occupant of the White House (I refuse to use either his name or his title)– I learned about making bases at Spirit Cloth.

At the time, I couldn’t imagine going beyond the piecing, but now I do see where the base is but a background for story. So I am finally back to the bed cloth, creating the base for the far right/west edge …

which will become midnight …

and then gradually move left into evening and sunset before emerging into the light of day in the middle of the cloth …

I’m stitching the strips of thrifted linen cloth with a combination backstitch followed by two running stitches …

something I dubbed the Texas Two-Step for the lovely marks it leaves on the B-side …

And so it goes …

I’ll be back

Many folks consider the back of a cloth the “wrong” side, but I’ve been endlessly fascinated by the back as a “good” thing … which is probably why I have close to 100 B-side posts.

Those of you who know me will therefore find it unsurprising that my most recent projects are designed to have two B-sides.

First, this recently completed table runner …

made with random strips …

of thrift store linen blouses …

that can run warm or cool depending on my druthers.

Likewise the big-cloth-in-progress, stitched Deb Lacativa style

with the names of our grandkids, “front” …

and “back,” making it totally reversible …

But it’s got a long way to go yet …

and since our family is getting together this coming week, both cloth and blog will be getting short shrift.

So, I’ll see you on the other side of the full moon … when I’m guessing there may be a few pictures to share.