Thursday, March 19, 2015

- Christmas season continues: A return to Triangulation

Someone posted recently about gift giving (forgive me, I can't recall who it was). The gist of it was that gifts given spontaneously, especially upon completion of a handmade piece, can be much more satisfying than gifts given on calendar-driven deadlines.

Having already embraced the concept of "Birthday Season" it was a fairly short leap to "Christmas Season" ... which is what I am now calling the period of time it takes to complete all the gifts I intended to give last Christmas.

In fact, I only managed to get one handmade Christmas gift given on time: the kitchen towel All Roads Lead to the Beach. But I gave myself a pass on the Close Your Eyes books since my grandsons are still too young to mind the lapse.

So now that I have finished the books for Jace and Griffin, I am returning to a belated gift for Don: Triangulation ...



I'm actually glad I took a break from it since I learned a lot in the process of making the other pieces and in following other blogs. For instance, there is Grace's current project wherein she is intentionally stitching folds into cloth. This released me from the angst I experienced when I realized my insufficient invisible basting had led to excess folds of cloth in Triangulation. Now I'm embracing the folds, happily incorporating them ...



I also discovered during Close Your Eyes 2 that I prefer a single strand of floss to two in many cases. As a result, I am enjoying the rhythmic repetition of single-thread Kantha stitch combined with the mantra "om mani padme hum" (another gift from Grace ...but for those of you who have observed my spiritual pursuits in the past, this doesn't necessarily mean I'm embracing Buddhism) ...



And because my alternating horizontal and vertical blocks of Kantha were inspired in part by Saskia over at the Birdhut, I would be remiss if I didn't include a picture of the B-side for her ...


So settle in folks, I've got 13 squares down and 174 to go. It's gonna be a long Christmas season for sure.

10 comments:

Mo Crow said...

I like the feel of Kantha, like braille, love the work of the Australian textile artist Jane Irvine-Nealie for her controlled sense of texture
http://www.janirvinenealie.com/

Mo Crow said...

oops! that's Jan not Jane!

deanna7trees said...

love the look of the Kantha stitch. i do love giving spontaneous gifts. i've done that twice this week. when you get or give a gift that is unexpected, it is something special. i haven't celebrated birthdays in years because it feels to me like people are forced, in a way, to give a gift or a card. there is so much joy in gift giving when it's least expected.

Liz Ackert said...

I love your suggestions ... books and websites, authors and artists ... they open up new worlds

Liz Ackert said...

I quite agree ... now if we could just get the rest of the world to go along with us (wink)

Dana said...

The stitching and coloration in Triangulation reminds me of the rolling fields in western Kansas with dun colored stubble showing through a thin rime of wind-whipped snow. This is a really beautiful piece.

Liz Ackert said...

"dun colored stubble showing through a thin rime of wind-whipped snow" ... beautiful words ... thank you

A visit to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas is on my wish list ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

and all this Sharing of ideas, so similar to Jude's thoughts in Small Journeys today...this
triangulation....isn't it just GREAT????????? YES!
and the Om Padme...i think it works for everything and everyone. The three sided border
of the Tibetan flag...one side left open representing Tibet's openness to non buddhist thought...
being Inclusive rather than exclusive
it makes me feel sooo good that you find it Good for you...love,

Liz Ackert said...

How refreshing ... inclusiveness. The world could use more of that ...

And Jude in her post asked Small Journeyers to send her an email so she could see who was still actively following. When I sent mine saying I was still there she replied "I knew that" ... Ha! Well I assume nothing, I guess ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i think she knows everything