There’s nothing new to show on the gypsy cloth. I worked in a creative frenzy to get the basic cloth woven, stabilized and dyed. Now I have to let what I finished soak in for a bit. I am not fully present, at least not with my logical mind, when I create. When the muse is strong in me, I follow without asking how or why.
Today I want to think about my relationship with quilting. Like my relationship with weaving, I have very strong likes and dislikes.
Here’s what I like
- art quilts-whatever that means
- frayed edges, tatters
- minimal focus on geometric forms and repetition
- use of found objects
- text as a design element
- dark or intense color
- rescued and recycled fabric
- hand sewn
Here’s what I dislike, and I say this with the utmost respect for those who work in this style. I honor your process, but it is not mine.
- traditional patterns
- strict geometry
- fabric bought for the project
- bed quilts
- pastel color
- floral prints
- visible machine stitching
Can I combine my saori weaving with quilting? I don’t know yet. There’s no reason why I can’t incorporate layers and patches of handwoven fabric, maybe build up a wool garment on a silk foundation, and combine wool and silk in a variety of ways.
If I didn’t have to be someplace else, I would love to dump out my entire armoire of fabric and put the fabrics back by color, rather than by the random arrangement that I have. I keep my books sheved by the color of their spines. Why not the fabrics, too?