The Wrap

I have been following jude hilltextile artist Jude Hill for quite a few years now. She remains a dominant influence for me. Actually, I started this blog when I discovered her. I was going through a challenging time and I had to find a way to calm myself. I decided to sit myself down and hand stitch as a purposeful activity to relax my mind…to create calmness; and it worked.

She has videos on you tube that are wonderful. She often records herself talking about something important. Her writing reflects her thinking which to me is equivalent to beautiful poetry. Her writings are thought provoking.

Check out what she has going on at www.spiritcloth.com

 

Successful Transformation

The silk project has been successfully transformed.  There is a bit more hand stitching left to do.

Detail

Corner Detail

The first round of stitches show through the organza.  I wanted to enhance and integrate the composition without losing the effort I had put in already. I like the way the stitches have taken on a mysterious look.

Another Corner Detail

Zen and Now

Definitions:

ZEN: a major school of Buddhism originating in 12th-century China that emphasizes enlightenment through meditation and insight

CLOTH: fabric made by weaving, knitting, or felting thread or fibers

The purpose of this blog is to explore these terms by the unification of handwork; stitching cloth by hand.

Handwork: work done by hand not by machine.

Handwork+Cloth=ZEN