When I did the first edition of the lullaby book, I printed photos of my daughters with Jace and Griffin on a commercial cotton cloth on an adhesive backing designed to go through the inkjet printer. The quality wasn’t great, but the pictures were adequately recognizable.
Dedicated to Jude Hill
with much appreciation
for her artistry and inspiration
First, here are the overview shots: the a-sides, if you will, to the b-sides shown in the last post …
|Cloth weaving anchored with invisible baste, Kantha stitch (aka running stitch), split back stitch|
|Wrap stitch (aka satin stitch) and Kantha stitch (aka running stitch)
I never would have thought to use a tattered edge like this before Spirit Cloth 101
|Closer view of split back stitch on a setting sun discharge dyed with bleach|
|Full moon discharge dyed with bleach on denim
Back stitch worked from the reverse side, see details in this post
|A bit of silk tie from Don’s school administrator days
spinning through a galaxy of thread bead stars
|The back side of some rust dyeing and a picture of Melissa and Jace
inkjet printed on cotton fabric and attached with invisible baste and blanket stitch
|Text hand lettered with a Pitt pen and back stitched with a single strand of floss|
|Each page was connected to
the spine with ladder stitching
|Interior view of ladder stitch in the spine (top pulled tight, bottom left loose to show detail)|
|Cloth label hand lettered in Pitt pen and back stitched|
|Interior label lettered in Pitt pen on cotton cloth from a threadbare shirt of my mom’s
that I wore as a nightshirt virtually every day of the six years following her death in 2008.
First repurposed here when I began following Spirit Cloth, a part of it will now be passed on to her great-grandson.
I can tell you exactly what I had to eat for lunch on Valentine’s Day twenty-nine years ago: a Belgian waffle with vanilla Haagen Dazs ice cream and hot fudge sauce. Then I took a long nap and when I woke up, it was snowing. By 8:00 Don insisted we go to the hospital before the snow got any deeper … a few hours later Melissa Reid entered the world.
Yes, I did add tart cherries in a soft creamy mousse this time around … seemed like the color was just right for Melissa’s birthday (around here we call February 14th “Valentine’s Day” at our peril).