Tuesday, February 17, 2015

- Close Your Eyes: The final chapter of the first edition

It's a book ... which is not just the title of my favorite toddler board book, but also the result of my most recent endeavor in stitch ...


Of course, a printed book would have a dedication page, but due to space limitations, this blog post will have to suffice:
Dedicated to Jude Hill
with much appreciation
for her artistry and inspiration
Because as I stitched the final page, I realized that Close Your Eyes had become a virtual sampler of the many innovative stitches and techniques gleaned from Jude's incredible online classes on Spirit Cloth.

First, here are the overview shots: the a-sides, if you will, to the b-sides shown in the last post ...
 






Then the close-up shots, with notes in the captions that detail the techniques, stitches, and back stories ...

Cloth weaving anchored with invisible baste, Kantha stitch (aka running stitch), split back stitch

Wrap stitch (aka satin stitch) and Kantha stitch (aka running stitch)
I never would have thought to use a tattered edge like this before Spirit Cloth 101

Closer view of split back stitch on a setting sun discharge dyed with bleach

Full moon discharge dyed with bleach on denim
Back stitch worked from the reverse side, see details in this post

A bit of silk tie from Don's school administrator days
spinning through a galaxy of thread bead stars

The back side of some rust dyeing and a picture of Melissa and Jace
inkjet printed on cotton fabric and attached with invisible baste and blanket stitch

Text hand lettered with a Pitt pen and back stitched with a single strand of floss

Each page was connected to
the spine with ladder stitching

Interior view of ladder stitch in the spine (top pulled tight, bottom left loose to show detail)

Cloth label hand lettered in Pitt pen and back stitched

Interior label lettered in Pitt pen on cotton cloth from a threadbare shirt of my mom's
that I wore as a nightshirt virtually every day of the six years following her death in 2008.
First repurposed here when I began following Spirit Cloth, a part of it will now be passed on to her great-grandson.

23 comments:

Lindy said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us : )

Dana said...

Oh Liz, this is so touching and lovely. What a beautiful gift for Jace.

Anonymous said...

the joy - full love of your heart blow throuhg the pages
M.

Gill said...

Fabulous - I love it!

Liz Ackert said...

Lindy ... thank you for coming by and commenting

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... I can't wait to see him (and big brother Jackson) touch the bumpy stitches and soft edges

Liz Ackert said...

M - What wonderful imagery ... thank you

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... it was a joy to make

Mo Crow said...

I love it all Liz & will have to look up what ladder stitch is!

Liz Ackert said...

One of my next projects ... a stitch book of my own. Ladder stitch is a recent discovery and I like it far better than overcast for closing seams.

patricia said...

oh Liz--half way through this i got the biggest lump in my throat--could hardly proceed. it's simply beyond any words i might have. and to think of what it will look like over the years--how it will become even more precious to Jace. a soft touchstone. a reminder of Nana's love. and the images themselves, the red page and the moon page--another thrill. thank you

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for this ... it is wonderful to know that it so moved you

Anonymous said...

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Liz Ackert said...

Thank you so much ... and welcome! I added the link http://localandbespoke.com to my Kindred Spirits after seeing your Solace flag over at Sweetpea Path

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

it's Magnificant, Liz. So FULL of Love and Tenderness just so so FULL.
The nightly reading will soon become ritual.
it's Nana Magic.

Liz Ackert said...

I've machine-stitched several flannel books for my now two-year-old grandsons ... each made in several hours. The months spent on this one book mean so much more to me ... time very well spent and my sewing machine now gathers dust

Liz Ackert said...

And thank you ... you are a large part of the inspiration that is Spirit Cloth

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i have always had a sewing machine. The Second thing i ever really bought that
i made payments on...a Viking ...to establish credit when i got a divorce. The first
i only made 2 payments on...a horse....when i moved away from home, 18 yrs old...
but i have always had a sewing machine. The old Viking is here, back in the corner
of the shelf in the Room. It needs a lot of work, maybe. I took it once as carry on
luggage with out a case and it fell off the conveyer belt at the airport....and i more
recently got my mother's 1930;s model Singer, a few years ago and it is in perfect shape. But i never could find a way to Be with a sewing machine. Being given the Realization on Hand Sewing by Jude was an epiphany for me. I very well understand how the creation of this book must feel. We are all a Part of What it Is...
love....

Liz Ackert said...

These stories of your machines ... I can see them and you ... the back story ...
So glad I found my way to What it Is now ... love back ...

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

ohohohohohOH, this is just absolutely wonderful and beautiful and sweet and so much more, Liz


I cannot imagine a better book

Liz Ackert said...

But wait, there's more (big wink)

Judy Martin said...

Your loved ones are very lucky. This is an exquisite book and will be treasured forever. Congratulations.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... somehow I feel like I'm the one who's lucky