Always Chasing the Light

I had to stop weaving to try and capture the light pouring into the studio this weekend.  

A new set of towels is in the making. Hoping to have them pulled together in the next few weeks. 100% cotton, random zigzags, hanging loops... I have to say, they're lovely. 

Cotton in Blue

This scarf is 100% cotton, and was a 100% dye challenge I set myself. 

 

My comfort zone is my beloved wool & silk blend, and wool in general. I've been dyeing these fibers for years, I know what my dyes will do, and can dance with "mistakes" and make them sing.

Cotton is not something I know about. It takes extra chemicals and doesn't respond as vibrantly as wool tends to.  I wanted to experiment with cotton as a potential for making bags, and wearables, of course. I ordered yarn, dye and soda ash. 

Challenge accepted. 

 

  I had no true expectation, so I was pleasantly surprised by the pale mint and blues that I pulled from the dye pot, I think it went quite well. 

This scarf is in the shop right now. 

It is narrow and long enough to wrap a bit, a perfect scarf for the Southern 'winter'. 

Reveal- a Cuff

This cuff took it's time coming into this world.  I let it happen, no sketching or composition planning, the knife ran smoothly along the hide. I tooled slowly, and it sat on my workbench for weeks before I started painting it.  When I got stuck, not seeing the end, it rested a few more, until finally, I saw how it wanted to be.  

Every so often a piece will be like this.  Slow, steady, no rushing to the finish line of sealant and snaps. I used to struggle mightily the entire time.  I'm getting better at recognizing these sweet souls, and their lessons. When I keep staring, leather drying under my knife and stamps, paint drying in the tray, deep breaths are taken and expelled.  I put the piece gently to the side, to wait. Patience is taught and I'm learning to respect it. 

It's about life, and cellular regeneration. It reflects the moon in all of us. Light streaming out of our souls.  It sings of cool waters and soothing nights.