Saturday, October 11, 2014

- Stitching a little peace (flag)


I'm starting in the middle since this piece looked better before it was completed. It's a 1" x 3" replica of the Sow/Sew Peace flag that I sent to the Solace Project, made with the same materials.

My first attempt, alluded to but not pictured earlier, was pretty bad ...


The inked-in letters were obscured by the fuzz from linen weft threads picked out of the cloth used in the original flag. They simply didn't have enough twist to stand up to the abrasion from the warp threads. So I rotated the whole warp, leaving the discarded effort on the end of the shadow box loom.

But the rotation opened up a pennant-like stretch, so I tried again ...


After weaving a light indigo cotton into the warp, I created a tiny pennant from the cotton tape used on the original flag, backstitched the lettering, and twisted the frayed ends into miniature "ties" ...


I used thread pulled from the blue chambray to stitch the "sky" and tried again to use linen threads pulled from cloth to stitch block-like shapes onto the flag. Lesson (finally) learned: raveled linen fabric does not work as a weft source, even though I've had good luck using unraveled linen knit thread.

The end result was a reasonable facsimile so I don't know that I'll make another attempt, but the piece doesn't stand up to close scrutiny.


It did, however, make for an interesting way to while away a rainy day.

7 comments:

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

am very excited: I am going to the Mystiqueros in-house-concert in Nuenen on the 21st! thanks for pointing me in this direction Liz, wow I'm still pinching self

Liz Ackert said...

This is so incredibly cool ... for sure you'll have to ask Jimmy Davis to do It's only Rain, but my other favorites of his include Leavin' Texas Again (always makes me cry), Believe (righteous rock), Lonely (poignant riff on South City Midnight Lady), and Sanctuary (another rocker).
The Mystiqueros have so many wonderful songs but I'd have to say that Wrapped, Trains I Missed and I Chose this Road are my all time favorites.
The Internet is incredible ... have fun!!!.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

thx, I'm going to have to make a list with requests.......

Mo Crow said...

love how you push the edges with such attention to detail

Liz Ackert said...

I totally lose myself in the details ... to the extent that Don often has to ask leading questions such as "When were you thinking I should start the grill for dinner?"

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

it's a WonderFull flag, Liz. We will be flying there in Australia together. Amazing, isn't it.

Liz Ackert said...

I so can't wait to find out what words you will choose ...