Monday, February 4, 2013

stitching for protection.....

This is the beginning of my Protection Cloth... I read a while back on Judy Martin's blog where she was stitching in red thread for protection,  for Jack.....and at the moment I feel the need to make my own protection cloth...for my family and my friends.  So much is happening and you feel you have no control over much of it.  So this is my answer.  I will sit and stitch a little each night, and think about those who need a mothers protection.

A piece of cotton cloth from Zigu Zagu, stiff in texture,  with markings, circles.  I wonder if they were for a shibori design originally as this is very old cloth.  Approx.  15" wide and 2m long.  It will keep my busy.  The backing is a beautiful fine old silk kimono lining.  All will be stitched with a variety of red threads.


Some more dyeing.... a tin can that soaked for a few days in an old onion skin bath, ready for opening and a colour catcher indigo dyed with Nat.
This is a close up of the colour catcher (thank you Deanna via Nat).  The resist was made by folding and clamping.  I have something in mind for this....when I get a few more made.

The results from the tin can dyeing (method a la Deanna and Jude Hill).  I used a folded piece of very fine wool, from a deconstructed kimono from Zigu Zagu again.


Close up.  The internal rings remind me of the rings when a tree is cut down.
 
 
This week is more stitching and I need to do some painting...play with those neons.
 
I hope you have a creative week.


SOMEDAYS YOU
JUST HAVE TO
CREATE YOUR OWN
SUNSHINE


JACKY XOX

19 comments:

lynne h said...

oh that red thread against the cloth... sigh...

xoxo

Ro Bruhn said...

Wow Jacky the indigo and the fabric around the tin are gorgeous. They do look like tree rings. I'll have to pay a visit to Zigu Zagu again as I'm fast running out of fabric, (only silk) I don't think I'll ever run out of other fabric. Your red stitching is beautiful, I cant wait to see the progression of this piece.

Rachel said...

Such a contrast between the indigo and the fabric around the tin!

deanna7trees said...

i love your 'protection cloth' idea. and that tin can dyeing turned out great.

Peggy said...

Jacky, the dyed cloths are beautiful. I didn't know that about red thread. A few weeks ago I had the strongest urge to stitch with red thread on plain linen and I fought it, can you believe it? I really wanted to so badly and I talked myself out of it. Oh dear.

I love that you're following your heart and stitching intention right into that wonderful cloth.

Love and protection to you and yours. xx

Nat Palaskas said...

Wow 2m long of that gorgeous cloth. I like adding small stitching of red on my piece (very Japanese). Pre markings on the cloth for shibori, love that. the tin can dyed turned out great. It's time for me to put on another batch after seeing yours. Shibori on colour catcher looks great on here.

t said...

great post jacky

and you say that i have been busy, huh. love the tree rings on your can dye....

xt

Marilyn Rock said...

So good to see your post. I'm blown away by your fabrics and the red thread is stunning. Very powerful as the message your art project sends....protection.

May you and yours always be protected. xxoo

Zorana said...

I love seeing all your explorations with natural dying. Don't know which one I like more - indigo is always beautiful, but the one with "wood rings" is pretty spectacular. Just the idea of "protection cloth" and you sitting with it gave me a piece of calm. Interesting...

handstories said...

this mama will do a little red stitching for you and yours tonight. best wishes to you.

Emma said...

Beautiful cloth you've made, I must have a go with a moon...somehow. I plan to stitch a coverlet for the protection of me! I will use parts of my sons' worn denim (very worn!)so they will still duvry14314be with me, keeping away the cold.

deemallon said...

I plan to take up some red thread, too - I love the idea.

Mo Crow said...

there's a red thread traveling through a lot of work at the moment Jacky!!

Caterina Giglio said...

so much here... your dyeing is wonderful... and yes to the quote, we have extended grey here during the winter so being sunny is required!! x

Belladonna said...

This piece is wonderful, just like tree which was cut, amazing!

kathyd said...

red has been on my mind a lot lately .
i see red crosses in my future . i like the idea of red as a protection.
great post jacky !
xxoo
kathyd

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

SO MUCH TO SEE HERE!
i love looking at All of it and
send Red thoughts to you and those you love...xoxo g

Linda Vincent said...

What a precious idea the Protection Cloth is....we will watch its progress with interest.
And I think your indigo dying is fab!
xx

artisoo said...

great project! beautiful prints!