Posts Tagged ‘moon ladder’

Moon Unit II Mo 17
embroidered electric blue suede, 1.5mm round leather cord, Gütermann linen thread, glass beads, papier maché molds
H 5cm W 10cm
electric blue suede stretched & stitched over papier maché mold bound with 1.5 mm round leather cord
linen thread hinge & black tissue lining
1.5 mm round leather spiral base stitched with Gütermann black linen thread over papier maché mold
making Moon Unit I & Moon Unit II  has given me the confidence to go ahead and finish Once in a Blue Moon!

a small stitched blue suede leather moon, synthetic interface and papier maché mold formed over the old Starry Container, one of my first glass engravings on slumped glass from back in 1987
glued down & drying under the weight of the lid of the Starry Container, the acrylic interface was invisibly basted to prevent the paste from damaging the surface of the suede
there was some leakage…  next time I will use a 50:50 mix of starch paste and PVA more sparingly, this was straight acid free PVA brushed on with enthusiasm at 3am, worth a try
the big papier maché moon needs trimming, a few more layers of paper & then sanding before pasting down Once in a Blue Moon
I learned a lot, this is going to work but need to get some more starch paste, it extends the working time of the PVA and is kinder to the materials and my hands
going to Birdsall Leathercraft in Botany on Wednesday to buy a 50m roll of 1.5mm black round leather cord for the dark side of the moon & will have a chat to them about what is the best glue to use for pasting suede

Once in a Blue Moon Mo 17
27cm D moon stitched with vintage Cintax mercerized sewing cotton on vintage blue suede from the 80’s
stitching detail
today I will have a go at making a papier mache mold in my iron wok to dome the leather & Old Man Crow (who is much better at mathematics than I am) worked out I will need 38 metres of 1.5 mm of round black leather cord or 57metres of 1mm round black leather cord to stitch a spiral basket form for the dark side of the moon
enjoy the Solstice wherever you are
Magic Days!

Once in a Blue Moon in process week 3 & 1/2 Mo17
stitching is helping me find some sort of sense of sanity in amongst all the lunacy…
this is a very strange year for our beautiful broken world

Once in a Blue Moon week 2 slow stitching lunacy Mo17
getting into the details one stitch at a time
the surface of the leather marked with the pyrography tool
the other side
am learning to use a thimble to avoid getting blood on the thread… I cut this bit out

the beginnings of a Blue Moon in that electric blue leather
a photo of the moon with the contrast increased by 70% to emphasize the details
details traced onto drafting film
tried stitching through the drafting film but the result was not good, couldn’t see what I was stitching so I went into town to get some white dressmaker’s carbon which didn’t work at all on suede (should have read the instructions…)
used a pyrography tool to burn the image into the leather
getting to know the surface of the moon
detail of the rough stitching made through the drafting film in contrast to the surface detail made with the pyrography tool
ready to start stitching for real
detail of fine stitching on the edge
this may take quite some time…
the concept was inspired by Judy Martin’s fabulous Ito Moon
I was sort of hoping to loosen up my mark making by scaling up but the marks are as small & detailed as ever…
here’s some sketches
that sea urchin/pod form on the right is simmering on the back burner, thinking  it could be quite large and made out of this blue leather too…
love the thought of a retractable ladder like Rapunzel

here’s a link to the preview