Saturday, August 14, 2010



finished before, led to Continuing. but i think now, it's
finished. it has become quiet.
the white piece has been removed.
Learned: an image in my mind does NOT need complete reproduction
on a cloth. i am working toward making things Others might
connect to and they don't think with My mind and to continue
to try to make something "stand to reason", is not necessary.
Learned: i still don't know how to work with the silk gauze (the Sunrise).
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Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I love the sunrise. It looks wonderful peeking up over the hills in the background. I like this backing better than the light one... but I'm wondering what it might look like with a background the color of the tree branch. I LOVE the layers and folds on the pieces you did yesterday. I just don't think this particular piece looks as good on it. But, I can't wait to see what you choose to go with it though.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Grace, I know what you mean about the silk gauze. I've been collecting fine silk bits for a long time now. I'm hoping to overdye some with the lichen I've been collecting and some eucalypt material. But it's not so easy to work with....Stitching with silk thread helps.

Liz price said...

Hi Grace, I have been reading your posts as you put this piece together but it has only now grabbed my interest. The branch in the foreground brings it all into perspective and focuses my attention on the person in the middle.
Is it finished? There is vacant areas on the frame which I suspect a la Jude would have something in them! However I think it is now nicely balanced , I like space to breath.
See yah liz

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

debi ~ you are right...these two
do NOT go together, but what i
was interested in seeing was what if i only wove the top and bottom and there was a solid center of

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

elizabeth ~ ahhhhh, lichen. i will need to get into the truck and drive up the mountain and see what i can scavange. silk thread.
yes...i got a little from
Things Japanese
a sampler of Soie et for hand stitch. is variegated. i forgot!
will try this. i do use only one
strand of the floss
that helps in case i stick to dmc.
and OVERDYEING...just love the
magic of that!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Liz ~ THANK YOU for your comment which had good feedback about what "works" for your eye. this
is very helpful to my being able
to see objectively.
thank you for coming by...will
look forward to hearing from you

Penny Berens said...

Hi Grace, do ever have to consider a piece finished? Perhaps she has no more to say at the moment, but keep your ears open.

Suzanna said...

Hi Grace...I like the sunrise and how it is fanning out...not sure what you don't like about thing I've been doing with that gauzy silk is wee tiny basting from behind...I can't quite enlarge it enough to see close enough, but that helps tame it a little. Meanwhile, to me, the piece as a whole is very intriguing with space enough to allow for wondering (wandering?)...

grace Forrest~Maestas said... do LIKE it, but
i want to figure out how to let
the gauze "rimple"..not a word,
but um not be flat, but also not
be an issue with snagging etc.
i am happy with this one, very
will tuck it away now.
xo, g

helen said...

Grace,When I made my buttefly in the beast class I used some gauze silk and did tiny, single thread, invisible basting stitch to anchor it. The folding (rimpling) of the gauze makes it easier to hide the tiny stitches, I tended to put the stitches perhaps closer than I would on cotton or linen, and there doesn't seem to be issues of snagging, etc. If you think this is not easy wait until you try sleek, slippery silk. Ha!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

helen ! good to see you here...
ok...then, i guess silk thread it
is. will try out some from the
sampler and then .... order?

what are you doing??????

Deb G said...

Good lesson I think. Silk gauze, I'm still practicing with that...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deb g ... am thinking maybe that
little dragon cow guy's wing buds
might unfurl as silk gauze??????

nandas said...

the silk thread from the silk snack would be good maybe? could camophlage? but then you say you are done...

Deb G said...

Started working on that yesterday morning...found just the right color.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deb...ahhhhh. i will go look.