This strange Winter's pattern seems to be
three days of snow accumulation
One day of rain that melts everything.
Meanwhile I have had a busy week indoors.
Rocks have been sewn in pathways
pinned to the wall
removed from the wall and unpicked
rearranged and sewn back together again.
Despite the duct tape threads are everywhere!
When the week started I had thirteen pathways.
That always bothered me.... there are twelve months to a year.
By the end of my rearranging frenzy
I have twelve!
Let's hope the gallery walls are tall enough.
Next came was the decision on what to do next.
So I did some tests.
Tried stitching through quilt batting and a muslin backing.
Just doing that small sample was a problem for my old hands.
So that won't work.
For one brief second I considered machine quilting.
After creating all these stones by hand that is definitely a no no!
So I removed the batting and tried again....
but still my hands would not survive the thousands upon thousands
of needle pulling stitches through that muslin.
Finally I went back to my original idea of
simply backing the stones with
a lovely old damask tablecloth.
Aaaah...just like butter.
That will do.
I was interrupted with a request from
for Valentines Day Cards
These are very small
but even that small
I felt guilty
I should be back at my stones!
So far I have only managed three.
Have to get back to those stones!
A pathway pinned to a strip of tablecloth.
I settled down in front of the fire
and basted them down
as invisibly as possible.
Something I learned from Jude about ten years ago.
Thank you Jude.....you are such an inspiration.
For the moment I an loving my stones.
I come downstairs every morning
turn the heating up in the studio
and immerse myself in the process of bringing them together.
I hope I can do them justice.
I hope your work inspires you today.