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one day at a time

life seems to have slowed down a bit. yet i keep busy and moving along. it’s sunny and warm here in SoCal but my mind keeps returning to this place:
icicles
the sun trying to come out and warm things up but the icicles just kept on growing each night while we slept. there were photos in the paper of icicles that were over 6 feet-starting at the roof lines and going all the way to the ground!

The Road to California show is over and was better than I think everyone expected. The quilters showed up and while a bit cautious, were spending their money on the things they valued. I introduced silk shibori ribbon to many many new people and showed them it’s various applications. The silk shibori flower making class went very well and there were many flowers worn around the show during the four days. I especially enjoyed hearing the stories from people who had purchased before telling me what they had done with it while shopping for more. There were a couple of lovely quilts in the exhibit that had used the ribbon as an embellishment. I didn’t get any photos- never had much time to browse the show as usual but Carolyn has the top winners photographed and available on the website. Some really amazing work. Two of my favorites weren’t winners but my taste in quilts runs to the non traditional and sculptural side of quilting. One, a small quilt was an amazing view of a tidepool created by a gal who has spent lots of time looking at and photographing tidepools with her biologist husband and kids.
I think she bought some silk ribbon for her next creation- to be used as an octopus! Can’t wait to see that! The other favorite was a large (maybe 36 x 48 ) wooded scene completely sculptured in layers of fabrics. I don’t remember the artist but it was amazing. One of the best examples of that technique (what ever you call it-if there is a name for it!) I have ever seen.

My purchases were mainly practical- several pairs of Kai scissors-finally! I got a pair of the serrated scissors which cut beautifully. Also a new thingy to keep my iron cord out of the way- a new and improved version- the original one is horrible and doesn’t last very long under my use-let you know how this one does. Got a new ironing board cover from Measurematic which was sorely needed. Picked up a couple of glass beads for some new wired shibori ribbon necklaces from Harlan. I’ll post some photos when I get a chance. Also got some more of that silk batting from Hobbs– LOVE that stuff. I have more plans for that down the road.

Well, for the moment, I have to get some stuff wrapped up and am planning to return to Eastern WA later this week to see my dad. Hospice is in place and two of my other sisters are there.
I took this photo of him a couple of weeks ago. There is a great little history museum there in Wenatchee that houses this old Wurlitzer from an old theater that use to be down the street. My dad was part of a group of guys that was restoring and rewiring the thing in it’s new home at the museum when he was feeling a bit better. They show old movies there at the museum and the pipe organ is the main attraction. There is also a great display that shows the history of the valley’s apple industry downstairs at the museum.
dad-the-wurlitzer

pipes

wiring

a continued journey…..

which way?

this weekend while taking a day to just hang out, we ended up at the beach which, for me, is always a good place to think about things like direction. too many directions? not enough direction? just being ok to flow with the tide and be without it for awhile.

captain-phil

now there is such a thing as taking this idea a little too far. maybe the captain of this vessel was practicing this when he/she ran aground recently in El Porto. it did make for an interesting conversation piece on the beach this weekend and was attracting lots of interest- kids, beachcombers, photographers and the like. i only had my iphone with me but in the afternoon LA light, still hazy from ash and smoke it has a certain quality that is appealing.

contemplating

so we sat down in the sand to watch the sunset and were left to wonder about the events that led up to such a stranding on the beach…..perhaps some lovers out for a sail got carried away, lost in each other and in their passion lost track of the shore until jolted back to the reality of their geographical location.
who knows?

well, a change of scenery is always good to recharge the batteries and now it’s Thanksgiving Week and there is SO much to BE thankful for-though you wouldn’t know it from reading the news- so let’s just skip the news this week- why not?

milo, on the other hand, is thankful for Hobbs silk batting as he settles into a snooze to test the loft as i start in on a silk shibori baby blanket for some friends about to begin a new journey themselves.
hobbs batting

as maggie says on her website, the silk batting can be split in half forming two thin layers-which is how i like it, especially for silk habotai. i have just finished splitting a one yard cut of it. i have found all sorts of useful ways to use this batting including stuffing it in between layers of pleated silk shibori to add more loft to some of the silk shibori ribbon flowers i make. maybe you remember some of the experiments i did applying the arashi technique to it and dyeing it with the colorhue dyes?
if not……
silk-batting
HD over at Hobbs was very generous in providing me with some samples to work with-thanks HD!

now, i am not a quilter, let me repeat: I-Am-Not-A-Quilter. but i do read lots of quilters blogs and interact with many as well so i get the basic idea. but if you know me at all you know that when i start out to make a quilt several things may happen.
1. it may not end up looking like a quilt
2. you may hate it and i will love it (masterpiece or disaterpiece? sounds like a new reality show)
3. i may get fed up with it and cut it into scraps where you can purchase it in pieces in my silk shibori scrap bags at a show.
4. anything

so following along, it’s not gonna be normal. and a baby might appreciate that at some future point.
i’m reminded of a story i tell on occasion about how when i was in college as a ceramics major we were told over and over (and over) that you CANNOT single fire glazed porcelain-especially cast ware. so, being the glennis my parents were so fond of (and often infuriated with) , i proceeded to build a 30 year career producing just that. (told ya so) i’m just stubborn like that.

back to shibori…i’ve much admired all the small journal quilts i see at the quilt festival-for lots of reasons- small size (not overwhelming to approach), the stories and ideas behind them, the experimental techniques many of them utilize.

i thought that a little baby journey quilt was in order.
and using the things i have at hand, silk, dyes etc. i dove in. imagined it in my minds eye….a landscape seemed in order, hmmmm…some stars to wish upon, some hills to climb and explore, a moon to light the way, and the sea to calm and take you to distant places. i sketched a little outline and colored it with some pencils as a reference. i loosely drew it out on some silk. i thought out the order of the dyeing and the stitching. i decided to start by handpainting some of the elements onto the silk first. this is something i did in some earlier experiments and something i teach in my shibori workshops. it’s not traditional but it allows for some results that are unique to the method.
so next i spent a couple of hours stitching and gathering the threads. my design was very loose and simple. in the gathering up process, i noticed i had missed something in the design of the land feature so i went back and tried to stitch it even though all the threads had been gathered. i lost my way and ended up going in a circle-no matter, sometimes we do that in life. what was intended as a hill became a path on a hillside.
next, i dyed the various areas, capping (blocking) off certain parts to preserve colors as i dyed.
after a vinegar soak, i wrapped it in cloth and not wanting to get my big outside steamer going this late in the evening i did a quick microwave steam for the very first time! being further lazy (having had a glass of wine while making dinner) i unwrapped the whole thing and threw it in the dryer.
when it was dry, i cut the threads and fortunately, didn’t snip or tear any holes in the silk. if i had though, i would have just incorporated them into the stitching i plan to do to quilt the layers together.

so this is what we have so far. i have the front pinned to the batting and i’m contemplating how i will dye the backing which is soaking in a bucket outside right now. i plan to keep the texture that remains and NOT iron out any wrinkles. in fact, i think i will stitch In and Around some of the texture to preserve it. of course the texture will soften as it gets washed- but it will be able to be hand washed and thrown in the dryer.

shibori-stars
stars to wish upon, a moon to light the way

shibori-landscape
explore far and wide, a path to follow, an ocean to sail

shibori-baby-quilt
before the stitching….

and to complete the double-cat study of the loftiness of Hobbs Silk Batting (and looking a little “lofty” herself) is tig, not to be outdone by milo.
tig