|Rosemary B. mended her favorite apron with bits and pieces of family textiles rich with history.|
This past weekend, I taught my Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth workshop. As I mentioned in a previous post, it is a workshop that is "near and dear" to my heart. I always look forward to seeing the path this class takes. There are often many interesting discussions about who the cloth is for and why it is being created. Most students work on small wall hangings but this time a couple of the participants decided to take a different route...
|Some of the textiles Rosemary plans to incorporate into her apron.|
|An oyster shell attached to the apron to symbolize her great grandfather...who was a waterman on the Chesapeake.|
Unfortunately, this sweet little boy is having many adjustment problems and Ann decided to use the Healing Cloth workshop to create a special "super hero" for him. While she was visiting, Ann noticed that her foster grandson loved to put on a colorful wrestling costume and dance around the house. Ann decided to create a flat doll super hero she is calling Buffalo Boy. The buffalo symbolizes protection, strength and balance.
|Ann printed the buffalo symbol which will become part of the super hero's top.|
Peggy G. is working on a piece that incorporates one of her favorite symbols--the spiral. She talked about how she is learning to live fully while understanding her limitations.
Lynn C. wove together strips of subtly-dyed fabric. She is patiently stitching each intersection with tiny running stitches. This stitching is a mediation for her...something to carry with her to work on when she sits in the hospital caring for a loved one.
|A meditation of tiny stitches using variegated thread.|
Thank you all for a great class...as usual...probably way too much information and more time needed for stitching!