Stepping it up

I can’t stop stitching. Well, I can, but I don’t like to. I’m having so much fun seeing this come together that it’s frustrating to have other stuff like laundry and meals and sleeping to attend to …

And there’s some very happy news to share from daughter Meliss (click for full images) …

Not to mention a celebration for Meg’s birthday (click for full images) …

I love that Meg lit her own candles and started to sing with us … she’s such a great mom.

And today the art blog has a rare two-fer …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/12/moon-myth.html
https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/12/moon-myth-gnome.html

Done and done

We both finished projects today!

Don’s acrylic take on a photo from our recent New Mexico jaunt …

and my cloth book Moon Myth

Both will eventually make it into the new art blog, but for now here’s the story of how the cloth book ended up.

The story began in May 2018 when I started to play around with ideas (click the pix to see complete images) …

And fortunately, much of its making was documented in blog links on the new blog and in page form on the old blog.

But as noted recently, I stalled in late 2018 when I tried stitching the plastic impregnated canvas text to the cloth blocks … that was no fun at all.

Fast forward to this past week, when I brought it back out and determined I was going to finish, dammit, come hell or sore fingers.

There were some hiccups along the way, but none of the problems were insurmountable. The most recent involved the too-skinny spine of the book, which I disassembled and then bolstered up by folding and hemming every other page edge …

The disassembling also gave me an opportunity to re-photograph every page with the light box, shown here with the latest art blog entry …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/11/burnished-pot.html

But honestly, I still like taking pictures on our soumak rug …

although I promise to do a proper art blog post … eventually.

Double double, toil and trouble

I thought it was going well … until it wasn’t. As each new page of Moon Myth was attached, a problem emerged: the bottom edges were distinctly thicker than the top edges, which resulted in a troubling upward slope from top to bottom (impossible to photograph, so you’ll just have to take my word for it).

In fact, it was a problem I had somewhat anticipated when I designed the book to have a row of patches running along the bottom of each page, depicting the phases of the moon changing over the course of a month …

but I had thought that the appliqués and text blocks at the top of each page would compensate for that …

It turns out they didn’t compensate enough. So I unstitched the top edges of the five pairs of pages that were already assembled …

slipped a folded piece of cover stock into each, then restitched them one-by-one …

It was a much simpler matter adding cover stock padding to the as-yet-unassembled pages …

with the overall result that the top and bottom edges of the text block have become more balanced.

Although now the spine has me a little worried …

It’s always something, right?

Oops, I almost forgot! There’s also a new post on the art blog …

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/10/wooden-cigar-mold.html