Friday, October 22, 2010



because of the size of the window hanger, the
invisible baste needs to be done
standing. i move back and forth, side to
side of the ironing board. it's night
and the kitchen light and sewing light are
the only lights inside and outside for some
distance. as i stitch, i
an awareness of, in this place,
moving back and forth
how each piece of the woven cloth is being
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jude said...

i do that a lot or sitting at my long table...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

jude ~ long table.
might need a long table someday.
but for now, i like this a lot,
the moving side to side in order
to change direction of the stitch

somehow, it's like rocking, being

Suzanna said...

I think it must be like being on a ship in a vast ocean, rocking, and making progress...

Patty said...

"Rocking, being rocked", that is
what I thought but couldn't put into
words as I read of how you're working on this cloth. Choreography
with the muse, the moon and the maker
on the cloth.

Penny Berens said...

Back and forth like the rhythms of the sea.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Suzanna.. a slow
slow movement of a small ship at
sea...the curtain has become a

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Patty..i like that choreography
it IS!...a dance
and Penny, rhythms.

Deb G said...

Like holding a child, rocking back and forth...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Deb G...or being the one held

summertimes said...

Grace it is wonderful to picture you there at night without any lights but your own. I like to think of it from above and see your house with the lights pouring out the windows with you inside. Lovely picture.

summertimes said...

just trying to learn how to post correctly.. sorry for the double but wanted to reconnect after cloth to cloth class..

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

SummertimesLinda, YES, YOU are
posting beautifully and your
blog is beautiful and now i will
go back there and slowly take it

Manya Maratou said...

it is a doing isn't it, and leaving the trail on cloth for others to see and touch and share

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Manya..yes it is. and more and
more it goes deeper and quieter
and to some place that is ever
more amazing to me. who'dve

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

sommertimesLinda...i like the
image of you floating overhead,
noticing...nice. really nice.
thank you for finding me.

Anonymous said...

it is a kind of rocking back and forth. a lullaby.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

anonymous..yes, or a
Keep going

Els said...

Your cloth is working out sooo well! I love the fabric you've woven with. It's some time now since I used that basting-meditation stitch ... but will be again soon ;-)

Storycloth said...

Hey Grace - the curtain looks wonderful. You have done a fine job there - looks very cohesive in a technical sense; and very,very interesting in an interest sense. Gilly

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

StoryclothGilly...hmmmm. i keep
watching it. as if it will
transform itself somehow. keep
watching the right side, as we
look at the photograph, is
"lighter"...weight wise, than the
left. there is very little real
measurable difference, but it IS
there. Am wondering what will
happen to balance it. or maybe
it will remain unbalanced????

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Els..will look forward to that.
it is such a phenomenon.

yvette said...

reading all the comments makes it so real that the cloth takes the stories inside
if you look later at it as a hanging, you will memorise all what is said about it.

Grace...I always give my posts a english and a dutch translation or was'nt it what you ment?

it's indeed the face of a lover that has the most secrets cause you lay your unsolved problems uppn them..kind of projection
but I agree there needn't be secrets.

grace Forrest~Maestas said... are right about
remembering while making. the
cloth will have these days and
all thoughts within it.
About language..yes. i read the
english but have a funny habit of
trying to read the dutch, not
having any idea how to make the
sounds of the words...i just wish
i was able to speak all languages.
and Lovers, projection. yes.
There is an extraordinary Dawn sky
this morning...i saw it and said
to self...that is an Yvette sky.
it's felted and beautiful colors
all flowing through itself.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

hey Cristina ~

Anonymous said...

hi grace............
i'm here. just coming up for air after fumbling/tumbling
through "the BLOG."
still don't know what i am doing nor
how to do it.
i guess i'll just have to live and learn as I go.
i did return to this summer, the photos you spoke of and that was so helpful with the name: threadingforward.
here is the link:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

treadingforward/cristina ~
you DID it and a very fine fine
job too!
AND you have a
i would have NO CLUE how to do

twhIch aye said...

rocking, rhythms, meditations... i can see you sitting there too. it is such an amazing thing. reminds of me of a story i read of the comanche (i think) that say the sacred is in the making of a piece. that's where the life is.

love seeing photos of your place

also 8 yr. old niece here is not having too good of a day, so i told her she could write something to you... (hope it's okay)

-- Hi Grace!! This is your friend Michele's niece!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!! I get to wear slippers to school tomorrow!! Isn't that exciting?! Okay well i have to go now..... it was nice talking to you!!!


twhIch aye said...

also if i could pass along to cristina... so happy to see you have a blog. your quilt story inspired me in the classes. can't comment on your blog (the embedded post function doesn't work for me), but just wanted to say i'll be visiting. (this is michele m.)

nandas said...

you are stitching the open space with the world floating in your kitchen window.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Kenzie...Hello!! slippers to school
i like that idea...
i don't have any slippers. i
like the word though, slippers.
do you sew with your Aunt?
thanks for writing!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the world floating, yes.
i dusted it yesterday

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

and twhIch/Michele, and anyone
else, it is always fine and
good to weave comments any which
way here....
when we are at someone's blog
home, it's just visiting...

Anonymous said...

have you heard the cranes? they have arrived.....

Sandra said...

Making connection... with stitches. Perhaps we could stitch the world together, wouldn't that be great, perhaps we are doing this already.

Jaxx said...

Grace...this is about your question regarding Chico, California. Yes, we live about 80 miles from there. In fact, we lived there quite a few years ago while my husband attended Chico State Univ. when our children were young. It's a lovely town with beautiful countryside, Chico State, various farmer's markets,etc. It's lively and full of interesting people...a good place to live and learn. Jackie Wight

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Cristina ~ YES! for years their
arrival is marked on my calendar...
on the 10th of this month a very
small group flew over...i heard
their Calls and ran outside to
wave them home for the winter.
every year i go to the Festival
of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache
(i am just outside of Socorro)
it's quite wonderful, such a
peaceful and loving event...
everyone just all mushy with love
of the birds. really nice.
their return each year reassures
me that there is Hope.
this is something i want to make
cloths about.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Sandra...i'm thinking we are, a
little already...i love thinking
about all the women i know now
in so many places that before,
were "names" of countries. now
they are where Sandra lives and
and and....
it has changed my whole sense of
my place in this world, this life

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Jaxx...THANK YOU! i left you a
message on your blog...thanks
thanks thanks!