Thursday, July 3, 2014

- Heart strings: Mending a broken shell with weave

I'm taking an online course called "Considering Weave" at Spirit Cloth. As I've mentioned before, Jude Hill is a gifted teacher, but in this interactive setting, my cohorts are equally instructive.

One posted a woven meditation on beachcombed driftwood and shells, another a piece of driftwood encased in weave (I'm hoping she will grant me permission to post a picture).

Inspired, I dug into my shell basket ...


and pulled out a broken shell gathered six years ago after my mom passed away.


My first task was to figure out how to warp the shell, which took several tries before I found a way to keep the threads from slipping (I used 4 strands of DMC floss, btw).


Then I started weaving the inside with a variegated floss ... which I can't show you because it was "Not good enough" so I tore it out ... but it looked something like this test weave on another shell.


I turned to the front and did what I'm good at: plain weave, plain color ... uniform and consistent.


Then I turned back to the colorful shell interior and decided to make a heart from variegated floss ...


But my inner critic said, "Not good enough" and I began to cut it out ... only to find that I liked the cut threads. So I pushed the two bands together into a rainbow arc before tearing out the heart.


And then I remembered a pink silk scarf of my mom's that I had over-dyed with onion skins. Tearing a strip off, it was so fine that I could thread it on a needle ... the loose fibers like nothing so much as feather down.  I wove the silk from top to bottom, until I missed a thread and the silk became hopelessly tangled in the warp. So I stopped ... and didn't try to fix it.

Nudging the threads of the arc down in the middle I once again had my heart ... this time a broken, frayed version tied by a slender thread to the perfect exterior.


And it was good enough.

7 comments:

Mo Crow said...

beautiful!

Linda Marcille (Woods-whisperer) said...

I LOVE how you patched the hole in the shell with weave. So very creative! And the hearts are pure joy to behold!

epocktextiles said...

i also love the patched shell, love it when there is contrast between 2 mediums, and I am honoured tobe linked to in your blog

stickyfingers said...

that is so much more than "good enough"

deemallon said...

inspiring and technically beautiful

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks to my Considering Weave cohorts for the encouragement!

Morna Crites-Moore said...

What a lovely weaving of threads and words.