Monday, July 25, 2011

The Magic Begins!!!

Its been a while since I have posted but it just seems that I have had so much going on and yet not that much. Time is always strange to me. And given that the heat is just so intense I have to make sure my four legged friends have all their needs met and then I just have to leave to get a break from the heat. It's stiflingly hot!!!! I haven't seemed to be able to do too much stitching. But I have done some. My mood of gratefulness has transitioned into the rote actions of day to day life and yet every day something wonderful seems to show itself to me to keep me always thinking how wonderful life is .. inspite of some things that aren't so pleasant. One of the really wonderful experiences that I am having right now is participation in the Magic Diaries Workshop of Jude Hill. If you are interested in taking an online workshop that allows you to go at your own pace and you like slow stitching, try it!!! She's fantastically talented and you won't be disappointed!! If you already follow her then you know all this. I have been thinking about the stitching and what cloth I want to create over the time of the Workshop which will be six months and the first month is almost over. Where does the time go? I have several things going at the same time. Most of what I will post about here are things I will probably give away.
Above is something that will be a gift. I can't really talk about it now but I will tell you that it's on a green blanket which you can sort of tell. I purchased this at a thrift store because I loved the color and the satin trim just seemed to call to me. I have stitched tear drops on the edge in triangles I call it the edge of tears. And the center on this is a discharged tshirt that my son did. I found it somehow poignant that he found the tshirt on the road and decided to discharge it.( I taught him how and it's something we like to do together). I love the fact that it looks like an explosion. I had a sort of explosion in my life many years ago. I have started to stitch it from the center outward and will add more and more to this .. the edge of tears may be the only green that will remain when it's finished.  I love how easy it is to stitch on and I love the way that the stitches sink into the fabric and its so soft and comforting.

I have thought about the fact that I am making this with a tshirt that was discharged because I was thinking that this could and may fade over time. But one of the things that I hear Jude talking about in the workshop is what she calls Design Mending. If anything goes wrong or needs fixing she just incorporates it into the design however she decides to mend it. So I love this idea.. that maybe in the future someone or myself will repair or design mend this. I like that.  I have this feeling this post will be so long because I have so much to say .. I may just write another post. The next thing that I want to share about is the turtle memorial that I am working on. I still continue to have the turtles showing up atleast once a week or more. I see them in the road or in my yard. When I found the dead turtle while walking the dogs I was pretty upset and decided to do a stitched cloth for it's memory. The same day Jude found a dead bird and did a cloth for it.. it was gorgeous. It has taken me several weeks to get this far.. Here is what I have so far.

The top piece is an eco dyed piece of silk that reminds me of the shapes on the under belly of the turtle that died. and I wanted it to be at the top of this rectangle to signify its ascent to another world where ever that is. I added the leaves which are also eco-dyed, India Flint style, and I have stitched around all the leaves and will continue to stitch more. The leaves are here to remind me of the beauty of nature that the turtle lived in a short time. And the bottom reminds me of the grass or the ground where the turtle lives. I mentioned above the stitching on silk is so wonderful and I have stitched onto the same green blanket material and it leaves all the stitches with texture, which I love! Below are more details. I have to say that the darker green color was caused by the ribbon that I used to tie up the bundle. It was a minty green and some of the color transferred to the silk. I never thought about this possibility when I tied it up but I was pleased with the result. I am pleased to finally post something that is about my stitching. I think I'm going to go do more tonight while  lying on my bed in front of the fan .. it's the most comfortable space for me to be in. Thanks for stopping over .. !

 Oh and one last image is a quilt that I am making for a friends new grandson that was born about six weeks early so I thought I'd have more time to work on this but I don't. So... i may work on this more, I have just laid out a few things on this black blanket that will become an oversized baby quilt/wall decoration. The center image is a leopard that I did with bleach, it was an idea I had a while back and finally executed. I love the idea of it. The two side pieces are just animal print fabric. The baby room is a jungle theme and this may be too extreme for a baby room but .. its what I had planned. So hopefully they will like it. I think thats it for now! haha!


  1. loved reading this post. your working on quite a few interesting pieces. i love what you did to the binding on that green blanket. that was a great idea. stay cool. it was 105 here today but i do have a/c so i have no right to complain.

  2. Wow that leopard is especially gorgeous. Also love that vibrant caribbean blue accent in your turtle memorial. Your stitching is quite lovely ...

  3. Great post! I love how the ribbon surprised you with that beautiful color...and you leopard is amazing...and the turtle piece so fine and...
    I have my old wool baby blanket in my cedar chest. I have never used it because it is so itchy, but it keeps floating into my mind relating to stitching!

  4. everything here is great! the drawing of the tiger is very amazed you achieved it with bleach! but for me the turtle piece is beyond beyond. it takes my breath the plant images blend with the image of a turtle... a special turtle. the stitching is begging to be touched... whoever gets this will have so much comfort rubbing the edge of the blanket binding. it is all magic! thanks for allof this ... reading the post was really nice... like being with you i would imagine. you are so heart filled, tammy!

  5. Deanna-wow 105? I'd be toast by now. It does get near that with the heat index. Thanks for the comments you must keep pretty busy following blogs!! I always appreciate your comments!!
    Acey- Thank you so much!! I really was amazed that I got this result!!! I didnt know it would turn out so well!! I have more in the works now that I see how it worked out.
    Nancy- I love the idea of the wool and putting something on the surface that makes it easier to touch. And if I think about it ... I have learned over the years that it's just so hard growing up from childhood. Some may have it easy but most have things that hang them up somehow. So I imagined this child blanket as the insides of something really beautiful and that is like us .. all the time has given us a beautiful surface. :)
    Nandas-Thank you for coming by and for all the comments. I am really loving the turtle piece too! And I do think it will develop over time. The top piece yes hopefully it will provide the comfort that I have intended it too. That one also will have to develop over time. Thanks so much for stopping over.!!