Think the title of this post might be the name of the long cloth I'm making. As is my usual process with jude-related classes I seem to be riffing on her stated themes and what they evoke in me more than I'm following along in a more direct kind of way. Yet this is the most direct interpretation I've attempted so far as well as soft collaboration - jude created the lovely silk pink moon with just the right size of waxing crescent to represent my birth moon. Also Glennis created the heart and those two combined energies are one of the most natural pairings I can imagine. The heart didn't have a tip so I patched one from the cutaway scraps. Not sure if I'll fill in the little 'nick' on the left or if I'll embroider a rootlet/something else.
Originally I had put together the layout below. Ultimately the silk kimono scrap wasn't working for me at a structural level. I like to have a whole cloth ground as my base for multi-technique sewing. But in this case felt that defeated the purpose of piecing something directly on top of it. So I decided to eliminate the silk section and further decided how it might be included in a different form.
Day before yesterday I sewed the two indigo pieces on either end of the brighter fabric. Pieced small borders on the top two pieces to make them the same size as the bottom scrap. Moved the indigo 'seed' down into the root section. Will add two small seeds on the opposite side of that section and stitch their life force rising to the surface.
The heart migrated of its own accord from one side of the image to the other. I have ideas for how to finish this piece with an additional panel at both the top and bottom. If I follow through in a faithful manner that part will be as time consuming as this one was simple and quick to piece once I finally got that far. Maybe I will modify my current plan so it's less labor intensive but these days I find I really want to make exactly what I want to make a lot more than I care to be expedient.
This morning when I took a picture of the the basted heart I had to move it around to prevent distracting light and shadow patterns made by the woodworking of my studio's front window. But the shadows did successfully distract me all the same with their potential suggestion of leaves and stems that would be made with subtle stitch work or something more overtly embroidered. Design options are good so long as I don't flood my mind and its eye with too many at a time. In theory I could mark a design over the whole top using the window's larger pattern of light and shadow ...
(also I am enjoying the fact that the hole in the heart is letting the MOONlight through. Feels more true to my life experience than Leonard Cohen's cracks letting the light in which I always picture as something more directly solar and sharp edged than the same illumination reflected through a lunar window of glowing diffusion.