Saturday, September 18, 2010


Scraps ready to weave
On Wednesday, it began -- the first week's lesson in 'Cloth to Cloth', 2nd edition, with quilt weaver extraordinaire, Judith (Jude) Hill.  Today, I completed the basting on my first sample of the technique -- but it won't be my last.  I have several small pieces of scrap sheer fabric to use as bases, enough torn up for at least 1/2 dozen blocks.

First you pin base the edges
Then you baste by hand
Materials used: torn strips from a lone pillow sham -- tan/brown print -- and a small cotton skirt, which had gathered tiers, in 2 different blue-and-brown fabrics.  Both taken home from the thrift shop where I volunteer once a month.  Basting was done with cotton thread left in my late mom's sewing box.

I must admit, Jude fascinates me.  She moves and speaks slowly, thoughfully, with great gentleness and intention.  Her work is considered Slow Cloth -- mainly done by hand -- and it is this approach that holds so much appeal for me as I seek to practice a simpler, quieter, gentler way of life.


Elaine said...

Hi Margaret, you have a lovely blog. I'm a big fan of Jude's work too - her Spirit Cloth work is amazing. However, I just want to clarify that Slow Cloth doesn't mean "mainly done by hand." It's more inclusive than that -- it's all about the way you approach the work. You can read about it on my blog, where I originated the concept:

Thanks! And happy stitching.

arlee said...

i too am really enjoying the class--and the PHILOSOPHY :)