I’d made some paper clay gorgets for my Road to Oklahoma a few months ago and have decided that I’d rather they be made from fibre.
So far I’ve tried needle-felted fleece, collaged ultrasuede and either back-stitch or trapunto onto cotton, satin or felt.
None of them are quite right and I am so frustrated. My husband reminds me that I will work it out. He has seen me in this place many times before!
I love drawing and meditating on these images. I find the symmetry of the designs within the circles very balanced and harmonious.
An amusing thing happened when I had drawn a design onto the back of a piece of felt forgetting to reverse it, so that when I finished stitching it, it was a mirror image. Steve queried if it matters and I said. ‘Yes, it will disturb the harmony of the Universe’.
The movement in many of the designs is counterclockwise. The Muscogee stomp dance is counterclockwise. This is because our ancestors knew that the earth and the sun spin on their axes counterclockwise and the planets rotate around the sun counterclockwise. The Muscogee Way is about finding balance and restoring harmony to the world.
Yesterday I watched a series of short videos about textile artist Sue Stone.
Her mantra is: ‘Be brave, push boundaries, make mistakes’. She advocates going deep into just a very few techniques, making way for exploration and discovery. This makes sense, but I am still figuring out which materials to use. I think that this is the time to step back and focus on another part of the piece where I know exactly what I need to be doing.