For the past couple of evenings I’ve been reviewing instructional videos from Jude Hills Spirit Cloth online class in preparation for the ”What If Diaries”. The videos have reinforced what I thought about her stitched work whenever I would view them on her website. So, I now know that my instincts to begin fabric weaving were good, but my fabric choices were based on color and texture and not on the ease of sewing by hand. Still, I think I’ll be able to use the panel I began, but just in a different way.
I like Jude’s philosophy of making do with what you have. So many crafty project instructions seem to be more about selling products than about the creation. Jude reinforces my way of looking at art, whether the medium is paint or fabric or wax or beads, that it is about exploring a process and then making it your own.
So, I began this morning with washing a laundry basket full of fat quarters and longer yardage of cotton that I have stored for oh so long on open shelving in the basement. Much of it is about 20 to 30 years old – when I was piecing and quilting and making clothing for my then young children. I have scads of cotton solids when I was in my Amish quilt top phase. The problem is, that one laundry basket full of cloth doesn’t even put a dent in my stash. It doesn’t even include this basket full of assorted pieces I’ve auditioned for other projects in the past year!