5/03/2012

Rags to become riches

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This finally came off the box loom.
You can see the creases on the sides where the fabric held onto its frame for such a long time.


Before removing the weaving, I knew I needed to secure the outer perimeter.
This ~ I thought ~ was going to take quite a bit of needle maneuvering
so I expected the invisible basting to take a lot longer than it did.  But as I sat on the stair landing,
happily stitching under the bright light from the skylight, 
my needle seemed to fly through these soft cloths.
The gratitude I felt!
For some backstory, please click on this post...
it will explain everything about why I am so grateful to no longer be "stuck."



This might be one of my favorite cloth techniques of all time.  Jude, from Spirit Cloth, taught this 
in her 'Contemporary Woven Boro' workshop...I was instantly smitten and
have so looked forward to getting back to it.

So today, when I finally picked it up to release it from its framework,
I became ELATED....

I felt a lot like this

~ New Wings ~


A new landscape for beadwork ... let's see where this goes now, shall we?




27 comments:

  1. I remember this! I loved it the first time it made an appearance, so it's great to finally see it again. The first image, with it's creases, and what you say about how it held onto the frame, made me think of a chunky, ragged spider, (especially the right hand side, with the black strip, which help to highlight the hairy legs!). A woven, boro-tarantula! Look forward to seeing what becomes of it next. Hugs Catherine

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    1. HA! had not seen a creature there of any sort but now I see what you mean.
      This is probably not heading in *that* kind of direction and those leggy bits just might get chopped off ;>]]

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  2. love your weaving. looks like a butterfly ready to take flight.

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    1. My goodness, your minds are all filled with CREATURES...! That must be a jude influence as well [grin].
      I hope this takes flight, Deanna, but most probably will not have legs n' wings involved.

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  3. Like Deanna, I thought of a flying creature - dragonfly, maybe - waiting for its wings to dry before taking off. Sometimes stuck is ok; it can be restful to stop for a while. But elation is always good :-)

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    1. I've had a lot of practice at "stuck", K, but I much prefer elation!

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  4. yum. scrumptious texture. the anticipation of creating can be so sweet. enjoy the process. savour the possibilities. :)

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    1. I woke up this morning thinking about this piece. THAT is always a good sign.
      Yes, savoring. Some beads went out on the table...some pinning happened to make some raggedy bits disappear...
      much turning, this way & that. But mainly the question, "What is it I want to say?"

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  5. Love these colors -- and a happy release day to you!

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    1. Thank you, Penny...it was, and still is, feeling pretty darn good!

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  6. Lovely, I like the idea, the fabrics, the colours. Woven Boro is definitely on my to do list.

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    1. Oh yes, DO IT, it's like nothing else with cloth...rip, tear, and weave away
      but do keep in mind it can be quite addicting :>]]

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  7. it appears quite soft for all it's long tenure contained. your description of being set free from the frame speaks that we need to do this in our art, mind, body and soul more often. lovely post.

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    1. oooh, thanks for putting a voice to those thoughts, Nancy....oh, most definitely....more often.

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  8. ah, isn't it amazing? you have to do it to believe it.

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    1. YES, it's like no other technique! And the fact that one can weave around any box-shaped object (or other-shaped object) makes the process even more wonderful. Doing is believing...absolutely, Jude.
      Thank you.

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  9. I love that feeling of elation when a piece of art comes out like you visualized it! Congratulations!

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    1. It's funny, Dianne, because I didn't pre-visualize this at all (well, except for maybe the colors). Being a new technique, I had no idea how it might turn out or even IF. I also didn't know whether I was going to be able to securely get it off that box or not. And now that it's *free* I like it all the more. Now to see what some beading might do to it....

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  10. Ooh, yes......can't wait to see where this one takes you.

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    1. Keep your fingers crossed, Penny....we is a-headin' into unchartered territory!!

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  12. That's just the cutest thing! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy ;>]]
      Nice digs, yer blog!

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  13. Glad you are so pleased and so successful with your piece.. it is so warm and colorful.

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    1. Donna, thanks for that...and for stopping by so regularly, I really appreciate it...I know you have scads going on so it means a lot for you to leave me a few words.
      Hope your book signing this weekend was terrific!

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