Textiles have memory and can also take on new memory and shape. How we handle textiles, stitching by hand or machine, cutting straight, curvilinear or on the bias (diagonal), sewing curves, surface embroidery, and quilting all disrupt the weave of fabric. This particular quilt began with a piece of white cotton fabric hand dyed and … More Wonk Out
Valentine’s Day 2016. This day marks the time when my love for making art results in the Spirit Cloths that are in my hands most days. Several hours daily are going to embroidery and hand stitching. The machine comes in to do some laborious tasks. There is less quiet time, but the movement of my … More Hearts in linen
As a visual artist I see. Everything. Upon entering a new indoor space I want to see everything. I catch myself furtively peering but trying not to look as though I’m not looking. At. Everything. I feel it may not be polite. In spaces I visit often, the same spaces, it’s easy to get lost … More Listening
When machine stitching I end up with a lot of extra threads on the front surface of the fabric. Its commonplace and happens to everyone. I’m often asked how to resolve this problem. You could choose to snip them closely but the ends fuzz up and look mussed. Instead of snipping I choose to pull … More The Calyx Eye
Lately I’ve been admiring reverse appliqué and thought it might work for a piece of fiber art I am planning. You see this piece of fiber art exists loosely in my mind, it sort of has a little film attached to it that I play often. The colors change. The fabrics change. But the foundation … More Found. In my hand.
A long night of breaking threads at the machine. Needles breaking. Threads breaking. Again and again. Adjusting tension and trying little tricks to keep everything running smoothly. It happens with hand stitching too. Knotting up, catching a thread on the back, tangling. Sometimes it’s that kind of stitching: tangling and knotting. Learning to wrestle wrought … More Broken Threads
jonas kept me indoors and stitching while the white flakes were flurrying furiously out of doors. stitching while drinking copious cups of constant comment tea. time to think while i stitch. stitching and staying present. the needle keeps my mind fresh and fingers nimble. watch the thread, like a bell, a prayer wheel, staying with … More Prayer Wheels