My pictures yesterday weren’t too good, because it was cloudy/rainy/snowy off and on all day. So here are some better pics of my Shoo-Fly Away quilt top taken on my garden wall in between drips of melting snow from the roof.
You can see just a peek of the blue sky above, and what’s that? some tree tips peaking over from my neighbor’s yard. Didn’t see those when I was taking the picture. Ooops. Here’s a close-up.
I’m actually liking this quilt more and more as I look at it.
I finished reading Mary Catherine Bateson’s book, Composing a Life yesterday. I’ve seen quotes from it all over the place for the past couple of years, so I finally decided it was time to read it. Turns out she was a professor at my alma mater George Mason University while I was there, and I didn’t even know it. Of course, I didn’t know who she was then, either.
I thought this statement found on nearly the last page captures a lot of the struggle that both men and women in our culture have in seeking to compose lives of strength, health, and integrity:
Many women raised in male-dominated cultures have to struggle against the impulse to sacrifice their health for the health of the whole, to maintain complementarity without dependency. But many men raised in the same traditions have to struggle against pervasive imageries in which their own health or growth is a victory achieved at the expense of the the other.
–Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Life, pg. 240
We are all in this together, aren’t we? It’s seems we could work together instead of at cross-purposes with each other for the wholeness, the shalom, of creation. Just a thought.
I’m continuing to work on my Suri Lace Shrug and it’s not looking like much. I have about 16 1/2 inches of the 36 I have to complete before I start the other cuff, and it’s a good thing I know that lace doesn’t look like lace until it’s blocked or I would be getting concerned. When I stretch it out a little I can get an idea of what it will look like.
I actually wondered about it enough that I counted the number of “ridges” on the picture on the pattern to make sure I was doing it right. I am.
Speaking of wondering how things will turn out, I’ve also been reading Susan Gordon Lydon’s, The Knitting Sutra. In the chapter titled, “God and Nature, Nature and Cloth,” she mentions a weaving technique I had never heard of, geringsing. It’s a Balinese technique that uses tied and dyed threads across both warp and weft. This picture is from Kuluk Gallery.
Geringsing is similar to, but more complex than, ikat which uses tied and dyed thread in the warp only, causing images to appear once the cloth is woven.
Geringsing, however, is much more intricate and difficult to produce. Realize that the warp and weft threads have to be dyed in such a way so that the right images will appear BEFORE they are put on the loom. Unfathomable!
Lydon notes that it can take up to 9 years to produce a piece, and the entire process is highly ritualized. Talk about slow cloth!
I did a little surfing and found out that some of this amazing cloth can be seen at TAI Gallery in Santa Fe. This picture is from their site.
This also happens to be the place where some incredible Japanese bamboo baskets are on display that Elaine noted a week or so ago on The Red Thread Studio. I didn’t have time to stop there on my last visit, but for sure I will next time I go to Santa Fe.
Elaine also linked Lisa Call’s website for some really nice quilted pieces that went on exhibition this past weekend. I am close but not quite close enough to Boulder to go to see them. Lucky readers of her blog, though, because she’s going to be showing them there, too. Still, I’m thinking it’s time for a trip to Colorado.
So much inspiration, and yes, I have to keep reminding myself that there is just enough time to do and see what’s important.
Ooooo! I just heard a strange noise and realized that it is hailing outside, and it’s making a racket (did I spell that right?) on my skylights. Is it spring already? Good thing the car’s in the garage.
That’s snow in the foreground, but the rest is hail.
I’ve got to get busy! Today’s a dyeing day. Whoopee!
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