Sunday, December 11, 2011

Quietly stitching....

I have enjoyed a peaceful, quiet weekend.  Lots of stitching,  just simple, methodical stitching but I love the effect.  The two pieces I have been working on were both inspired by Judy Martin.  I love how Judy  'makes marks' with stitch...so I have been mark making on this little cloth I started for Norma.
The background fabric is indigo dyed (on a recent trip to my friend Nat's) and some of the threads were dyed by her friend Lynda...the lighter coloured thread she eco dyed.  I love stitching with it, such a beautiful neutral colour.  You will also see a few thread beads in there,  Jude Hills influence. Over the past few years Judy and Jude have inspired many cloths.
Another inspiration for this piece was Australian Aboriginal art. I love aboriginal mark making and I'm always drawn to the repetitive style of some of their work...be it dots or lines, it tells a story.  This  really appeals to me and I am going to make a series of these cloths.



When visiting  Judy Martins  blog this weekend she had posted a wonderful tutorial on making reverse applique dots.  This little nine patch uses the method in her tutorial, but I think I used a bigger spool than Judy.  The first few were quite untidy (stitches showing),  but I refined them as I went along.  I am very happy with this little nine patch with dots...thank you Judy.  Again I used some of the fabric from my indigo dyeing with Nat,  the colour is quite washed out in the photo though.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the festive season.


GO TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE,

AND THE RESOURCES WILL FOLLOW.


-SARK -

Jacky  xox

23 comments:

A bird in the hand said...

I really like the first cloth, Jacky. It draws you in... well done! xoxo

deanna7trees said...

we have such good influences out there...don't we. Judy and Jude are the best. love what you did. i want to do that too but haven't gotten there yet.

Sujata said...

Jacky,

That first piece is absolutely stunning!!! I have loved and admired Jude Hills' pieces for so long. Want to make that myself some day. Those circles have very strong appearance too. Love them both!

Rachel said...

Love the reverse appliqué discs - another technique I intend to have a go at myself one of these days..

joe said...

just love the aboriginal inspired marked cloth! it is so evocative! and your reverse applique dots are wonderful! the colors makes me wanna dance...but i'm at work and don't want visitors to mistake me for one of the patients!

Judy Martin said...

Jacky

Your work is really beautiful and full of energy.

Thank you for mentioning me in your write up. The internet friends I have made over the years through blogging are a gift.

Thanks for being one of those friends.

p.s. Like you, I am very inspired by Australian aboriginal artwork.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jacky, glad you like the threads, the piece of cloth you made is just beautiful.
Thanks for the link to the dots, I tried one and now I'm hooked and thinking of puting a few on my travellers blanket.

Anonymous said...

oops I forgot to add my name.
That anonymous post was from Lynda.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

The first cloth is beautiful. I had to take a closer look to make sure it wasn't couching. It really does look like Judy's work. Patience pays off well. The meditative is such a wonderful thing to discover. And you could have fooled me, those dots look like a good student executed them.

Notjustnat said...

Jacky these are gorgeous. I am glad you are using the indigo cloths from my vat. I love the top piece with Aboriginal art influence, how cool! I remixed a new vat yesterday. The old one exhausted I think - Have a good week - Hugs Nat

Jenxo said...

Jacky these are just lvely i love your aboriginal onspired one, Glad you had a rested weekend :)

Philippa said...

Just fabulous Jacky! Love the hand stitching and am very impressed at your dots - so good after so few. I was really interested in the instructions from Judy and want to try too - once I'm through with the medallion quilt! Thanks for the message - there will be no hand quilting though. All machine or she would be 60 before it was finished! Take care and keep stitching. It works wonders for the soul.

woman with wings said...

Jacky, your peaceful, quiet weekend made for some fantastic stitching on indigo! The Aboriginal-inspired piece, love it, don't know that much about Aboriginal art culture, but this grabs me. I love the dots, too -- gotta try that! Thanks! xo

Elizabeth said...

JAcky! your Norma cloth is wonderful! I am so glad that you have had such a nice time to stitch!! your circles look great too- practice makes perfect!!! lovely!! Happy Christmas!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Your stitching detail is always awesome to me! I love them both, here, but the first one really draws me into it. Also - I love your linocuts below! Fantastic!

xxoo

Lisa Graham Art said...

Hello Jacky, I found your lovely blog via Lynne Hoppe's blog. You work in all sorts of flavors here! Love it all! Greetings from Wichita, Kansas! I had to google West Gippsland because I've never heard of it. Australia! Wow!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Jacky. Really neat pieces. You've expressed so well the idea of markings. Happy holiday stitching!
best, nadia

Ro Bruhn said...

More gorgeous work Jacky. I hope the exhibition's going well.

La Dolce Vita said...

just lovely Jacky... and I am inspired by the two J's as well, and by YOU!

jude said...

beautiful jacky!

deemallon said...

Hi Jacky, I agree about the gifts of the internet. Jude and Judy are high on my lists too. Both of these pieces are 'just so'. Not sure what I mean, but they are fully themselves and smart in themselves. Esp. like the stitching on the first one.

Angela Recada said...

Beautiful work you're doing Jacky! Jude and Judy are incredibly inspirational, aren't they? I'm looking forward to seeing what you will be creating next.

Wishing you a blessed holiday season and all the very best for the coming year.

Gaby Bee said...

Love and hugs to you my friend for the festive season. Hope it’s a fabulous Christmas for you and yours! Best wishes for the New Year.

Gaby xo