Showing posts with label manatees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label manatees. Show all posts

Mar 5, 2014

Slow cloth... oh yeah, I got this...

I have been reading about the slow cloth movement, and always being a day late and a dollar short in most things, it looks like enthusiasm for slow cloth may be dying down, but I really hope not.

Being a weaver, I've never felt like Speedy Gonzales in the production area. I'm definitely more like his cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez.

And being ignorant of the whole slow cloth mindset, I thought that's what it was all about, speed. No... not at all and the more I read, the more I really like this whole concept. 

How did I even get started looking into slow cloth? Hand sewing. My sewing machine is the Singer Basic 21 stitch machine. It's not a bad machine but I find that with every sewing machine I've ever used, I have to deal with bobbin problems which require you to bend down and crawl into the bobbin case for hours trying to get the thing to run right, thus wrenching your neck and back unnaturally. But I really missed sewing and I kept getting ideas for sewing, cloth and quilting projects. Then I would end up trying to put these ideas on paper or canvas and it just wasn't the same for me. Fiber is my true medium and the only one I'm interested in. So sitting in the loom room the other day I just picked up a needle and started hand sewing and just got lost in it. I realized it is something I can do that doesn't bother my back and it is very meditative; always a good thing.

I started searching the web for hand sewing info and started stumbling on slow cloth websites i.e. this one where Elaine Lipson defines slow cloth. She gives 10 qualities of slow cloth on her blog, Red Thread Studio:

·        Joy - Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
·        Contemplation - Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
·        Skill - Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
·        Diversity - Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
·        Teaching - Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
·        Materials - Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
·        Quality - Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
·        Beauty - It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
·        Community - Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
·        Expression - Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.

These are ideas and concepts that I can definitely wrap my head around. I like that slow cloth is sustainable and contemplative. I will need to read more about this movement. 

Here is a manatee friend I'm embroidering. Not sure where he and I are going yet, but I'm sure the journey will be worth it 

Oct 2, 2013

New month stuff

I haven't been getting much done it seems as I'm tired a lot and work is very draining. But, I've started a pair of wrist warmers, ... original design. Hopefully this will work out. I'm using Lion Brand Fisherman's wool and like it. Towards the inside of the skein, you can still feel the natural oils and it gives the yarn a little grip, which is kind of cool. I'm doing a cable design on the top of the warmers. But check out those needles! They are rosewood and I've decided I'm never going back to metal needles again. I like the feel of wood (no, I won't say it) probably because as a weaver, I'm used to wooden tools. 

Grabbed this book off the shelf today too. I'd like to learn color knitting. It's funny but I'm seeing a lot of motifs in color knitting that I thought you could only get in weaving. Well, I'll be... learn something new everyday. 

Thought I'd finished this little 5x7 watercolor. Not sure though, and I usually know solid when I'm done with a painting. I'm going to keep it on the easel a couple more days and look at it.

I also started another abstract but work is slow on all fronts for me. I am still not better since the little accident, but I'll never be 100% better. However, it is harder now because I'm also dealing with my lower back as well. I can only paint so long per day, then I have to stop.

Saw a really good show on ESPN about the Mannings and did not realize that Peyton Manning had neck surgery and his brother Cooper had to stop playing because of the very thing I have, stenosis. When I saw that such a young kid had this, I felt so sad for him. Then I stumbled across this blog post and felt sad about this young girl. But, I definitely get what she is saying.
So, it is one day at a time. Baby steps. I know that surgery is somewhere in my future but I try not to think too much about the future. Instead, I'll just kick back and take pics of shrooms:

Aren't these nifty little fellows? They just sprouted up in our backyard.