Sunday, November 16, 2014

- Triangulation: An idea for the pillow takes shape


It really is too big at 22x38 inches, but I'm determined to finish the woven cloth base for the pillow (shown here and here). There are parts that do not lie flat, but I've already envisioned stitching down tucks in the cloth, like folds of land.

Because what this is becoming in my mind (at least for now) is a record of our journey from San Marcos to Santa Fe to Saint Louis and back. The squares remind me of fields and their edges remind me of latitudes and longitudes ... the colors remind me of New Mexico's purple mountains and golden trees ... the stitches remind me of the endless miles of highway.

Then the most recent dye patch came out looking sun-like, which in turn made me think of a small woven patch I made last summer that is just like the crescent moon that rose over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range on our last morning at Ravens Ridge.

And as I pondered these things, Don came in with a half-sawed bit of rusted metal garden tool destined for his next folk art fish saying, " I know you like to get pictures in progress ... and wouldn't this be a cool shape for your dyeing?"


Yes and yes ...

8 comments:

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

you two really are a team

I can hardly wait to see how the cover evolves with the sewn-on-bits and how this intriguing piece of rust will work in a dyeing project

Liz Ackert said...

We are Nana-PopPop (all one word) to one of our two year old grandsons ... and when our other grandson sees one of us on FaceTime he immediately asks for the other. Perceptive kids ... they know we're joined at the hip.
Wet weather right now, which we need, but it doesn't encourage dyeing and yard work so I've been happily stitching away.
And tomorrow's list of errands includes a stop at the library to pick up The Unlikely Pilgrimage ... after I finish Death Comes to the Archbishop (I didn't realize I joined a reading club ;)

Marti said...

You know that I think your woven pillow cover is just magnificent Liz , the colors, the weaving, the beautiful tiny stitches...Now, your latest bit, the bronzy, earthy, elementally beautiful little square with the sun impression (made possibly by a rusty washer?) is so terrific...will it be what you use to bring forth your Zia on this pillow cover?

Dana said...

The rusty metal tool is like an attenuated alien hand...or the remains of someone metamorphosed from person to tool. A story could grow. I'm looking forward to the finished pillow.

Gill said...

Fabulous colours!!
Like Dana I thought the rusty tool looked like a hand!

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Dana and Gill ... I'm waiting until Don hammers the hand/tool so it will come in full contact with the cloth ... and letting my mind work on how to use the hand motif in the meantime

Mo Crow said...

a hand milagro for your cloth!

Liz Ackert said...

A milagro ... of course! Perfect!!!