Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Slow and steady....

Well mine is definately a slow cloth....I have been playing around with fabrics, stitching and I've been visiting blogs and getting lots of inspiration. I've added a few more fabric elements, some tie dyed chiffon to make a night sky, a maize coloured thread overlayed with organza as a halo'd moon and a beautiful scrap of hand dyed wool (given to me by the talented and lovely Elizabeth Armstrong when I did one of her classes). I think it fits the piece well and its lovely to use fabrics gifted to you...nice to look at them remember your friends and good times.

I'm enjoying the hand stitching, it gives you lots of time for thought in this busy world.
Below is a close up of the night sky and the moon with its halo. I have grown very fond of moons thanks to Jude Hill and her many moons.

A closer view of the lovely hand dyed wool from Elizabeth at Studio Felter. Isnt it luscious?

As I said in my previous post, some wonderful gifts of late....this beautiful embellished bird made by my talented art buddy, Dot Christian. I received this after Christmas and thought you might like to see a picture. Visit Dots etsy shop to see these and other beautiful fabric pieces she created. I love the sari silks she has used in my Ruby Red bird.



I recently did a swap with fellow owl lover Debrina! Received this lovely "Mother Owl" fabric hanging...sorry the photo isnt clearer, but if you click on it you might see the beautiful fabric and ribbon she has used and the machine stitching. For a clearer photo visit Debrina's blog.


Also received this beautiful owl thimble below. I think he looks rather nice perched there with my little collection of dolls and bits and bobs. He's a bit large my finger, so I think this is where he will be living.




Well, the days must be getting longer over the side of the world as they are getting shorter over here....6am and its dark now. Still not getting dark at night until after 8pm, but that will change soon when daylight savings finishes.
I hope you had a wonderful week!
LET YOUR DREAMS LEAD THE WAY
-SARK-
Jacky xox




30 comments:

Linda said...

Jacky...there's a lovely soft and gentle feel to your quilt; its progressing beautifully.
Great gifts....Dots bird is sumptuous!
Hugs
Linda x

Ro Bruhn said...

I love seeing the progression of your quilt Jacky and I'm one of the lucky ones who will get to see the real thing I hope.

Lawendula said...

Owls and art, sewing and birds. I think sometimes you cannot desire more! :)
Hugs, FM

Studio Sylvia said...

Once again your post is inspiring Jacky. Lovely work. Some wonderful gifts too.

Jenxo said...

aww lovely gifts jacky, Dots birdies are just precoius!

your slow quilt is looking wonderful and will mean so more with all your gifted fabrics....

so glad the nights are cooling off, i like snuggling under the doona...jenxo

Elizabeth said...

Oh your slow cloth si so glorious!! I LOVE he idea of using specail gifted cloth bits in it!!! BRILLIANT!!!! mind if I borrow your idea- or foolow your lead??? Your glowing moon is wonderful and you know how much I love your wonderful stitches!!!
Dot's Ruby bird is another treasure!!! I love the wayt hat she enhances the sari silks! What a gem Dot is!!! Ok I am officially envious of Ro and of you- I want to gather with you sooo very much, Sigh!!! I am ther si spirit dear friend!!!
Big Hugs!
E

jude said...

ha! a great little cloth, bringing everyone a bit closer....

Patti G. said...

Jacky, your quilt is coming along just beautifully! I love all the soft and different fabric bits you are adding, what a little treasure this will be! The thought and progress is of this quilt is touching!!!!!!!!!!
Sending hugs,Patti

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Your slow cloth is progressing beautifully Jacky

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

Hello Jacky, I was wondering what had happened to you. Oh you've been a busy girlie! This is looking so amazing. I especially like your maize-colored moon... (does that make it a harvest moon then?). WOW! fabulous work!

Look at that gorgeous scarlet bird. How bright and cheerful. The strawberry-colored "summer" tangers that we get here on occassion look just like that. I love them!

Nice to catch up with you :)

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Jacky! I love how your slow cloth is coming along! I especially like the moon and night sky! :-)

Would you be interested in trading blog links? If you would add a link to my blog on yours, I will add a link to your blog from mine: http://www.gaalcreative.com

Jo Horswill said...

Hi Jacky, how beautiful it all is :)
I like your opening line "Well mine is definately a slow cloth"...it really impacted on me!
Love the link to Elizabeth :) like Ro, would love to see your quilt one day, xxJo

Angelcat said...

Your slow cloth is wonderful. It's such a lovely idea to include those special pieces of fabric that have been gifted to you.

The Itsy Bitsy Spill said...

Hello Jacky these are wonderful!! I love them! It's coming out just beautifully.

thanks for coming by!

Julie H said...

What a lot of lovely texture and colour as I catch up on your posts. The owl stamps are wonderful, the stitching soothing and Dotees bird one ofher nicest yet.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Dot said...

Oh Jacky - your slow cloth is beautiful! Love seeing it's progression. The night sky with the moon and it's halo is very special. You are doing a wonderful job with this piece.

Smiled at your use of the piece of hand dyed wool from Elizabeth too!

So glad you liked the bird I gave you (it was always meant to live with you I think).

And your swap with Debrina is gorgeous. She is very talented. The little owl thimble is adorable!

I always love your posts my friend.

Dot xx

karen said...

Yay!! It's thursday!! Hope you are well, Karen

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Jacky from Michigan, You have a very lovely blog. Your stitching is lovely and like you said, very relaxing art indeed. You have received some lovely gifts. I am happy to have discovered you blog and I will be back to visit. Hugs Judy

Debrina said...

Hi Jacky! So nice to see my lady owl and thimble here. I've been flat tack doing non-bloggy and arty things (boo hoo) and will get my "gifts" from all my lovely friends showcased in my next posting - including yours my dear!!

art spirit said...

Hi Jacky, Love your Slow Cloth and all the cool things on your Blog.
Love to do a trade for an owl!
Let's email...
zumiow@earthlink.net
Mary

Philippa said...

Hi Jacky - Thanks for your lovely kind comments on my sporadic little blog. You are too kind! The slow cloth is developing beautifully - it is easy to see how much you are enjoying it. It just shines though those quiet stitches. Will be keeping a close eye.
Take care. Happy stitching
Love Philippa

Marilyn Rock said...

Jacky; love your stitching. Love the close up of the night sky. You also received some beautiful artsy things. xxoo

Jeana Marie said...

yes, lovely gifts...I love using fabric that brings memories to mind too...makes it very special I think :)

Julia said...

hello Jacky

I love the quilt, its progressing quite beautifully! Such texture and the colours are stunning!
And what a gorgeous gift! Id have been delighted to have received it myself!! :)
The days here in the UK are gradually getting longer (thank goodness) - we are all ready for a bit of warmth after a long and very cold winter!

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog by the way, and about the painting - the paints Im using on that one are acrylic!

Sending love
Julia x x x

ArtPropelled said...

I feel calm just looking at your slow cloth, Jacky. Its a wonderful concept.

Gaby Bee said...

I probably sound like a broken record but your pieces are gorgeous. You know I love all your creations, Jacky ;-)
Dots bird is beautiful...as always!

Sandra said...

You're doing some very fine slow stiches.

Zorana said...

You are right Jackie, the days are getting longer here; I noticed it last week and it made me smile. And your slow cloth is making me smile... love to see how it changes. I love the idea of a slow cloth, but I don't know anything about sewing so I wouldn't know where to start. I do like thinking about it and for some reason see myself sewing in a cabin with wood fire, surrounded by snow... xo

Nic Hohn said...

Your quilt shall have many tales to tell when its finished.Its like each part is a chapter to a beautiful story....and I am reading it with you.

Women fragrances said...

I think I just saw something cute in your blog. Who is this little Japanese girl wearing red kimono. She is so cute.