Saturday, September 04, 2010
I picked up some fabric & began stitching when worrisome thoughts just wouldn't let up. I needed something to keep my hands and mind pre-occupied & I came up with a piece that I call a thought cloth.
Instead of the usual art quilts I've been stitching that are made from conventional quilt fabric, I chose some linen and scraps from re-purposed clothes to begin this piece.
Inspired by Jude Hill's article in Quilting Arts magazine titled "Weaving a Cloth Base", I noticed that I liked the wrong side of the fabric because of the faintness of colors. My thoughts weren't very clear, and the vague hint of color and pattern surfaced as I began to let go of my worries and concentrate on each stitch that kept the fabric in place.
I began to feel calmer with the rhythm of the stitches. I wasn't trying to make any particular design.The process lead me along.
I knew I didn't want it to become orderly or rigid. I invited random pieces of fabric and stitches to fill in the spaces. Soon an hour passed and I was immersed in the fabric and feeling more relaxed and surprised by the spontaneity of the piece. There was no plan. Just wanted to see where it can take me.