I haven’t created anything since before my trip to Japan in May. In June I had a knee replacement-so finally, I got into my studio yesterday to play around. I’ve been wanting to use scraps of my sheer fabric, but not sure what I would do. I played around, wanting to show how transparent the pieces are. I pinned them up on my wall where my blue table runner was hanging to see what my composition was like. It really looked good on the runner, so I sewed the pieces in place with a few tiny stitches. I had to use the thread I wove them with because sewing thread was too heavy.
I have loved this runner for a long time-finally it can be shown. (It did win a competition many years ago and was in an international show.)
It’s woven with two linen warps used together as one in a dense, warp faced twill. I ironed it very flat using a rolling pin on a breadboard when it was damp from the washing machine. This took me a while as, for some reason, it felt a lot wetter than what my clothes usually feel when I get them out of the dryer. I don’t know a lot about washing machines, but I hoped that this wasn’t a sign of it breaking because I hadn’t taken my friend’s advice when she told me about getting a home warranty plan with a site like https://homewarranty.firstam.com/homeowner/home-warranty/colorado and I didn’t want my decision to fall back on me. Thankfully, it didn’t take me too much longer to iron it flat, and yes, I am definitely thinking about getting a home warranty plan because I don’t want to give myself such a scare ever again. I think you can see the flattened threads when you click to enlarge. I was inspired by Lia Cook’s flattened textiles she made years ago. I think I made this in 1982. (Yikes! That’s over 30 years ago!) It was to be for my mother-in-law but I knew she wouldn’t appreciate it so I never gave it to her!