Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rural Roads


The weather this last week has been rather dismal and grey. And, while driving around, (mostly transporting teenage daughter from a continuous series of point A's to point B's) I notice that the landscape, (which generally looks so vibrant and full of color) is now looking a bit flat and faded. Sigh, winter is on its way...


So it seemed appropriate to create a patched and stitched textile piece reflective of that. (See that one patch above... it has the word "Molasses" in it, which I adore. Those of you that have been with me on this blog journey for awhile may remember why, as that was Mo's full first name.)


Made up mostly from old, (and yes stained) pieces of vintage feedsack cloth, I've also added some handwoven twill which I made on 'ol rust. (After doing a little bit of googling, I discovered that my wonderful gifted loom is a "Structo Artcraft", most likely pre World War 2.)


There were a couple of holes in the fabric, which I incorporated into the design. Both have a bit of shot cotton peeking out from behind, and this one has a bit more of that hand woven twill. Also, I wanted the hand stitching to be just a wee bit uneven in length and placement, as I think it adds something special to this type of work.

I tell you, I just don't know what I would do in a world without cloth... old, new, faded and stained or vibrant and pristine, it never fails to intrigue me, sooth me, inspire me and delight me.

Rural Roads is now available here in my shop.

(Note: Now Sold)

19 comments:

QuiltSwissy said...

gee....I just love everything you do. You are so creatively talented.

glen

mandy said...

I just love your work! The texture you create is wonderful!

Nova said...

Really love this piece. I have a bit of a thing for old feed acks, flour sacks etc and their lovely faded text. :)
x

Fer said...

So beautiful, and seems to have such a calming influence too. It's great that you're getting so much enjoyment from your loom.

connie said...

What a beautiful piece. I love the woven twill and the little reminder of MO. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :-)

Nifty Quilts said...

Gorgeous piece! I don't know how you let any of your beautiful work go. Then again, I suppose it feels good to know your work is loved and appreciated in many good homes.

Allie said...

Gorgeous - even though I'm also in the midst of the grey and gloomy time of year, lol. Your work is so inspiring!

dosfishes said...

these pieces make me think of the old faded barns you speak about so lovingly. Worn but well loved. xox Corrine

Cheryl Arkison said...

Another fantastic piece. Love the inspiration and the tiny details.

susan said...

So lovingly stitched. Full of poignancy....emotion...just beautiful.

Diane J. Evans said...

And the pieces you create never fail to excite and inspire me. What a lovely interpretation of the season and of ancestry.

Diane

Kathryn said...

Great piece! I'm mapping out lot map quilts right now, how funny, and with holes too.

Hey Harriet said...

OMG you have no idea how much I love this one Vic! I just visited your shop to see if it was offered for sale to international customers and discovered it has sold already! Sheeesh! Gotta be quick to snap up your artwork! Your pieces are certainly very sought after. Which is not the least bit surprising. Congrats on the speedy sale :)

patty a. said...

This piece is stunning! Your creativity is amazing!

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Love this...such a spare and elegant composition! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

what a Gorgeous work! The texture is pretty amazing. Love the neutral calming tones...

Annie Crow said...

Oh, I love this piece - not surprised it's already bought! Thanks for sharing.

deemallon said...

this is exquisite -- quite a pay-off for being the chauffeur of teenaged children!!

Peppermint Pinwheels said...

I'm the speedy collector that snapped this one up, and I have to say it looks even more wonderful on my wall than it does in the photos here! Lucky me!