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.
Tag: Stitch Project: Close Your Eyes
– Close Your Eyes: The final chapter of the first edition
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.
– February 14: B-sides being Valentine’s Day
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).