Time seems to have taken on a strange floating quality these days. Not really sure where it’s going, or where we are on the timeline. Here we don’t operate on a M-F or a 9-5 schedule anyway, but I hear others asking “what day is it?”. I know it’s Wednesday here because it’s street sweeping, if that helps…
I hope you are reaching out to close friends and family to check in on them and say hello. I know I am. In most cases, they are fine, staying home, and riding this out. But sometimes, they are not. I reached out to my good friend VaVa in Houston to see how she was and how it was going there, only to find out that last week she had a stroke and was in a car accident! She will be in rehab for at least a couple of months to recover and regain her lost functions. Some of you may have met her working in my booth at the Houston show. I was so glad I reached out now. I am so far away and can’t pop in to visit her but will be checking in with her daily. Love to you VaVa! So do, check in. You just never know!
As the “stay at home” order continues, we can’t go and visit my MIL who we had just moved to a board and care home that is much closer to us. She’s doing OK but not being able to visit her is concerning. Our communication is limited to texting and facebook-she has aphasia as well and can no longer speak. Her iPad is her window to the world and to her family in NZ and Iceland. We go and drop off things she needs each week. We will have a party when this is over and get to see her in person again! I know many of you are separated from family as well. It’s really an easy choice as they are safer in isolation. We will hang in there together!
After the last post and video tutorial I decided I wanted to make the tutorial vids 5-7 minutes long max. Nope! Today’s moonmaker tutorial was even longer, so I broke it up into two vids. Hopefully, I can get them down to the 5-7 minute goal. Today’s tutorial shows a moon using two different techniques- arashi and itajime shibori. I also added a little something else in the second video. This video shows you how to use a “blocking fabric” in itajime. It can be applied to larger board itajime as well. Think about how you might use this technique.
Today is a new moon with all the possibilities of starting anew. It’s a good time to sprout new seeds of intention. Soon, we will be able to look up at the moon together again and watch as it grows full. Meanwhile, take care, reach out, stay healthy.
I have lots of ideas in my head. They need transference to my hands. This week I was able to accomplish a couple of these. Ideas are really nothing until action is visited upon them. Firstly, this-
Silk shibori gauze tubing. In the testing stages and time will be needed to ramp it up into production mode. More endless possibilities. I will be selling this by the yard on a retail only level in the new year-limited colors to begin with. More on this to follow. Maybe no one will love it like I do but this is the sort of thing that feeds my soul. I conquered the ribbon. I need a new and more challenging conquest. I found a couple pendants that matched this colorway…
Sorry for the crappy photo-taken on the fly. But more wondering about silk shibori ribbon bead embroidery. This is interesting on a few levels. Firstly, because it is from scraps that customers don’t want. I love that. When customers started complaining that the ends of their ribbon rolls were ugly, I started cutting them off and saving them for myself. I thought they were the most interesting part of the roll. Go figure. That’s been the story of my life. So here I have a huge box of “ends” that I don’t even put into scrap bags. Mine, all mine!! Now when I make a roll of ribbon I try to make the “ugliest” ends possible! It suits me.
Secondly, Katrina and I have been busy finalizing our Silk Experience calendar for the Houston Quilt Festival 2016. It’s now finished and checked off the list. One of the new teachers has a lightweight gridded single sided fusible product that I ordered a sample of. I have other ideas for it but in the meantime, it occurred to me to try it for my shibori ribbon brooch/pendant sample for the class I submitted to Quilts Inc. for next year. It works great for quickly stabilizing a pleated design with the ribbon. Just arrange and pin the ribbon to the stabilizer and hit with some steam from the back side quickly – easily holding the ribbon in place prior to beading. This can also be done with sections of the ribbon that I see art quilters using. Just a simple thing really, but useful.
And some of what is heading to Italy…soon
In indigo shibori news, Buddy loves his linen pillows. Silly dog.
so, i broke down again and spent the $30 to eliminate adds on my blog. i had this option before but in recent budget cuts i had to reduce expenses. i credit you my readers and customers of shibori and online classes with providing me with the funds to restore this much loved option.
i thank you.
with all the writing about shibori and indigo that goes on here i end up feeling a little taken advantage of when i see ads appear on my blog by those whose policies and intentions do not fit my own. such is the way of the internet. but thank you wordpress for offering this service even if i now have to pay for it (in the early days, it was free).
i feel freer and better now. onward. without ads.
here is a quick slideshow of the few photos i took at the JANM Workshop: