Always we begin again

I wanted to do another pillow cover, this time with something I don’t usually use: all new cloth from Stitch in Dye, gifted by Meg last Christmas. The colors were reminiscent of New Mexico, so I tore strips and patches and began to baste them down with thoughts of the petroglyphs at La Cieneguilla in Santa Fe …

But it looked too orderly compared to the real thing …

So I started over …

And will see where it takes me …

On naming what it is that I do (updated)

I’ve been challenged in the past when it comes to describing what it is that I do. Sometimes it’s been easier to say what I don’t do, as in needlework or quilting or collage, none of which exactly fit.

But now I think I may have it: I am a maker of cloth assemblages. And so, to seal the deal, I tried writing something to describe that, which is currently in draft form here.

It’s a work in progress and I’ve yet to give it a test drive “in real life.” But it feels right.

So here’s my most recent cloth assemblage, both sides of the pillow cover I am calling Analogous Red

seen here in its final pre-construction form, lest I forget what the other side looked like …

This Kawandi-style cloth assemblage holds the gifted dyework of artisans Malka Dubrawsky at Stitch in Dye, Connie Akers, Deb Lacativa, Tina Zaffiro, Tierney Barden, and Ulrike Bogdan, some bought, others gifted, by Mo, Connie, Tina, Deb, and Sue (I’m sure I’m leaving someone out, so these lists will probably grow). There are bits of repurposed clothing from forays to the Village Store in Wimberley and various Goodwill stores in Austin. Also, some of my trials of lichen, pecan, prairie tea, and Inktense dyeing. And snips of no-longer-wearable clothing from my closet and Don’s. There’s even a peace piece from a much-too-tight headband I impulsively bought in the Austin airport seven or eight years ago.

Speaking of which, here’s a 1.5” bit that was commissioned by Don for his current assemblage-in-progress after he spotted the peace sign on my pillow cover …

Ain’t we got fun?

Pillow talk (revised with added images)

The pillows on the couch have seen better days. Which is great, because now I can put my own covers on them.

I’m calling the first pillow Analogous Red. Here’s side one, which is a combination of an old cloth weaving that I recently over-dyed in some pecan brew, surrounded by rows of paperless pieced patches that have been waiting patiently to be used …

Now I’m working on side two …

which is based on Kawandi-style quilts, except I stitched together rows of cloth bits rather than attaching one patch at a time …

and I’m using a combination back and running stitch rather than plain running stitch … with no batting because, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not very good at following recipes/directions …

Anyway, I’m having a lot of fun and anticipating two more pillows to come. Working titles are Analogous Blue and Analogous Yellow.

And that’s the perfect segue into a look at the Easter eggs I dyed with Griffin yesterday.

We gathered leaves, flowers and berries from the garden and the fridge, wrapped them around the eggs, secured them with paper towels and string, and simmered them for 15 minutes …

Our favorites were the yellow onion skin, blueberry and red onion skin eggs, seen here left front …

Wishing you and yours peace.