The Audacity of The Thing With Feathers
June 13, 2008
What can I say? I’m in the grip of a Janet Bolton fixation. I mean, look at this book:
It’s amazing what she can evoke with little bits of cloth. I am powerless to resist. Whither Janet goeth, I must go. Her birds shall be my birds.
Her fish shall be my fish.
I’m wondering, though, how to make this my own instead of working pale imitations of what Janet Bolton has already done so brilliantly. Also, I’m not sure how authentic the “country garden” esthetic is, in these herbicidal hands of mine. (You’ve seen my “flower” beds. Dirt. We call that dirt. I should only applique a flower if I also applique a deer eating it.)
I’m contemplating turning my applique toward urban imagery. Subway stops, skyscrapers, the sidewalks of my stomping grounds, and of course: signs. I love a good sign. Buses are also very applikayable. But I’m not there yet. After I finished the birdy blanket top (which I can’t show right now for fear of spoiling it for the recipient), I had to get one little bit of crazy out of my system. I’ll just lay it on you. Don’t be scared. This won’t last too long.
I have documented an Historical Moment with an appliqued bird.
I have committed Rubber Stamping.
Yes, the O is for the Senator from Illinois. It’s your basic basic Franklin Mint commemorative plate, but in fabric.
For those curious about where I possibly could have started to end up here, it began with the selvedge on this Japanese fabric, which says “Re: foRm.” I love selvedges. I have kept the printed selvedge from almost every piece of fabric I have ever bought, without knowing why. Blind, unquestioning compulsion.
I can’t guarantee I won’t do one to commemorate Senator McCain. (The Franklin Mint would, of course.) I’ll check my basket of selvedges and get back to you.
I’m changing up Janet Bolton’s method by putting thin cotton batting between the layers (her “pictures” are just front and back, no filler), and I’m going to do a regular double-fold binding instead of Janet’s signature, pieced frame borders.
Anyway, I’m having fun playing around with something new. This too shall pass. Before you judge me, remember that you made a mosaic mirror once. Double dog dare you to blog it!
Please Could We Have Something Normal?
In the knitting department, lookie! It’s a tiny sweater!
(Shown from the back, because I haven’t put the button bands on yet. But you knew that.)
This is the Leaf Yoke Cardigan from Nashua’s “Bloom” booklet. I haven’t seen such a cute, knittable collection of baby knits in a while. The yarn is Nashua’s Natural Focus Ecologie Cotton, in a shade that is called Indigo but is actually the bluish white of skim milk. (In other words, an awesome color!) This mini-shmattah of love is going to be mailed westward as soon as I get home from our family vacay and can put some buttons on it. I am hoping for lots of babies to knit for so that I can knit everything in this booklet. Ann: there is a tennis sweater! To die!
“Kay has stept out.” Back in a couple of weeks. Miss you already!
P.S. Allow me to (over)share: my new haircut.
I asked for The Michelle. This trend starts NOW.