Sunday, September 12, 2010

closer still


the strip on the far side will be finished tonight or tomorrow. the strands of
silk gauze wind will be returned to where they were before i decided to do this
kantha stitching. that will not take long.

this feels so good for so many reasons but i will write about that
when it is finally finished.
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nandas said...

oh! it is so lovely.... what an accomplishment. i just want to run my hands over it... the hand stitching is really taking over my spirit... i want to do more and more...little bits at a time. i can't wait to do the fibonacci spiral but it can't be done until other components are finished. i love stitching with a small needle but its so hard to thread. rosalie taught us a way thats like pinching a flea...there is an expression in zulu for it that i could not remember... i'm running at the mouth here....really the kantha is stunning! love to you.

jude said...

i long to be closer.

Deb G said...

Simple yet rich...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

pinching a flea
love this

Marti said...

Really like the bottom border of kantha stitching on this panel. Weights the cloth yet at the same time, gives movement and an elegance in its simplicity. Lets cloth stand strong without need of much else.

Mnemosyne said...

definitely something that needs to be touched.

deanna7trees said...

love it.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the change with the kantha is
surprising and wonderful...both
visually and in reality of the
i am still surprised by it.
finishing that right side strip
and then can put the wind back.
this will happen it's
a special day.

Storycloth said...

Hi Grace- yes the kantha stitching is so textural and delicious. What window is this for? It would be so reassuring to wake up to this stitching in the mornings. What is the picture in the middle? Gilly

Penny Berens said...

Just look at the wonderful tactile kantha area. Oh, so touchable.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i wanted to get permission before
i said much about the Window Cloth
and i have,
so...this "Window Hanger" is going
to Wendy Golden Levitt's kids, which began with one of the young
girls seeing the one i made for
my own on this blog.
She related to it in a strong way
and asked Wendy if maybe i could
make one for their room where they
work with Wendy.
it's funny, cause this girl is
very young, but i feel her to be
a little sister of the Wind. my
connection to her, through the Wind
through that Spirit.
this is such a great gift to me,
this request.
there have been other very
synchronistic exchanges with
the kids and the Raven cloth and
Lizard cloth will accompany the
Wind Hanger.
more about that as it comes...
oh...and the little cloth in the
center is judes feathers that i
got from her for my own curtain...
traveling now to this small sister.
life is really something when we
open to it....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

yes. that's what i am hoping.

Marti said...

As this "window hanger" touches the lives of the children, and is in turn touched and loved by them, so too have you touched us all by your telling of the making of this cloth grace. Thank you for sharing the gentle power of your cloth.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

marti ~
it's just the best gift to me,
to have these cloths be meaningful
to them in the way i feel them

nandas said...

glad to hear the story told... what a pleasure and it is touching in every sense of the word. is there another element that is going on... the wind piece that you mentioned?

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

nance...yes. the Wind itself,
the multiple strands/gusts of
silk gauze wind that i dyed in
Glennis' class. and i don't know,
on mine were small odd squares
at the, well, will
have to see after the Wind is
back in place

nandas said...

would you like some silk ribbon to add for wind?

grace Forrest~Maestas said..., but thank you so much
for the offer.
Wind needs for me to be of the
wild fibered silk gauze. i have enough for this
but i thank you

deb said...

Love your window hanger and the story behind it. I also like your wonderful op shop find. Have you read the delightful story on Janet Clare's blog about the photo she found?

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deb...THANK YOU for your good
encouragement...i LIKE your blog
and you will find me
are off for a short time at the
moment. i will look more too at
Janet Clare's.
i worked tonight on the Wind and
am finding it to be more difficult
than i'd is hard to
hold Wind in place. i realized
tonight i need to
instead of "think"
am hoping tomorrow it will all
fall into place...
thank you again for coming here and
leaving your words,