02 May 2010

Woven Cloth - Day 3


My Work Area, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.
Thomas is my constant companion while I'm working. When he's nearby like this, it is a joy! Other times he is much more of a pest, continually putting his nose or paws right into my line of sight or attempting to lay down on top of what I'm working on ~ all accompanied by continuous meows of conversation. I alternately praise him, grumble at him and yes, even occasionally swear at him depending on the level of his interference. Once in a while he becomes Thomas the Flying Cat when I get irritated enough with him to toss him away for few moments. I think he likes it though as he is usually right back for more. Miss Mollie is also a constant companion, but she is much more polite about it, sitting at my side or nearby, moving from room to room with me, now and then she stands, front paws on my knee, asking politely with a little mew if she can sit in my lap for a bit. Who could resist?! I do love my kitty companions!

Woven Cloth Day 3
As I work on the woven cloth, I've been thinking a lot about how I work creatively and about what inspires me. Sometimes I envy those that create these great works of art with deep meaning and wonder if I can ever create such a work.

Felt Bunny
Then I get sidetracked by whimsy, adding things like felt bunnies to my block, and playing with interesting stitches.

Flower Trail
I stitch trails of flowers because I love flowers and because I've fallen in love with this variegated pearl cotton the picks up the blues I've used in this block so well.

Blue Hearts
I stitch hearts of many colors and sizes because I'm having fun playing with padded applique and different fabrics. Also because I've loved the hearts I've seen in the handwork that others have done and simply because I just like the shape of hearts!

Thomas sleeping
Maybe someone else can see the "deep meaning" behind the stitching on my blocks, but for me, it comes down to the joy of creating, the peace of stitching away with my kitty companions at my side and contentment at being able to create beauty by combining needle and thread with an assortment of scraps and tidbits of fabric that otherwise would be relegated to the rag bag. Rather like Rumplestiltskin spinning straw into gold, don't you think?

19 comments:

Lesley said...

Who decides what a great work of art is? When I look at some 'Old Masters', I can appreciate the skill needed to paint them, but I wouldn't want them on my wall. But your work is beautiful, and anyone can see the love and talent that combine to make it. Just looking at it lifts my heart, and I love your kitties, too. Blessings

Sabine said...

What a beautiful piece of work! And the company of such a lovely cat must be very relaxing.

Plays with Needles said...

My whole body relaxed as I drank in your work and listened to your post. I can tell you are in a very peaceful place with your kitties and the embroidery that you love.

I do believe that you are redefining the crazy quilt...all the elements are there, you are just combining them in a new way.

I am curious about the clear bead trail that loops up and toward that beautiful flower trail...is it a bead crochet rope??

And the bunny is precious...*sigh..and so is the stitching...

Sandie's Patch said...

I think the use of hearts in your work shows a genuine love of your work, and great enjoyment in creating it.
I have been inspired to try this type of needlework as, i too cannot bear to throw away scraps of fabric but, hoard them!
I think your work is truly beautiful. I think your pusscat is gorgeous too, they are such wonderful company.
Thank you for sharing your cats and creations.

Sandie xx

Anonymous said...

Everyone has commented so well on this latest creation I don't know what to add because I agree with everyone. I love to enlarge each picture so I can see the eonderful handwork you do in detail. I'm so adicted to everything you do and look forward to each addition:) Mary

lakenreich said...

I found this such a fasinating techique, I may have to try it. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Can't wait t see it finished. Leslie

Vintage Sandy said...

You have created some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen....you are so talented in many different venues I so enjoy visiting seeing what you've created next you never disappoint....

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous piece you are creating , truly an inspiration. And with the love in your heart and the love that surrounds you it all shows in your work. Beautiful! Debbie (Maine)

Suztats said...

Some works of art roar; others whisper. But your creations are made with your heart and a piece of your soul in every stitch, and that is priceless. And it is evident in all those details you incorporate onto cloth.

Laurie said...

I LOVE this post!! I could replace your cats name with Andy, that's exactly the way he is when I'm working on something. Last night he kept walking in front of my hands, between my hands and face rubbing and purring, laying down on my work, all the same.
I feel you've already become one of the masters, I love looking at your work! It inspires me.

Leone said...

This is really beautiful work and your cat is adorable.

Anonymous said...

I can see the beauty of your work, I visit your blog several times a week, and I am amazed with what you do. And I donot think you come a stray when you put bunnies and heart in your work. Your work is always very inspiring, and it is always very uplifting to visit whether you show pictures from you drives or your work. Dorte from Denmark

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Lisa, Your new look in stitching is lovely. I look forward to seeing the finish piece of art. Thomas looks like a very friendly feline. Hugs Judy

PS. I referred to your CD Pincushion Tutorial on my blog. vbg

karen said...

such beautiful work, truly lovely.

Anonymous said...

Lisa..This is turning out really lovely..Your kitty is lovely too.

Marty52 said...

Love the quiet beauty of this piece and your post. Such a feeling of peace and traquility comes from your writing.

suz said...

There is a painting in the Boston Museum of Fine Art that depicts people at a circus - not one of them is looking in the same direction - that's whimsy. I wish I could remember the name of the artist, but I do recall it's someone well-known. Your work is art, bunny and hearts and all. Don't let anyone tell you different - including yourself!

Anonymous said...

MOLTO BELLI I TUOI LAVORI..
BEAUTIFUL

FIORE
www.fiore-crea.blogspot.com

maryann326 said...

Wow! Your work is beautiful. I love all the different textures and colors you used, very soft and serene.

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