Posts Tagged ‘netting’

guitar string ribs for Sea Urchin 3

Posted: March 3, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul
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sea-urchin-3-3d-in-processSea Urchin 3 is starting to take shape
sea-urchin-3-guitar-stringing-in-processlining each panel in white silk edged in needle lace then stitching old bottom E strings from Old Man Crow’s Gibson Les Paul into the edges to give it form
roundingstarting to take shape
feeling-the-formthe old guitar strings make my heart sing
silk-lininghoping to get to the halfway point by dawn
Braille for the Soul

sea-urchin-3-process-mo17Sea Urchin 3 in process stitch by stitch
sea-urchin-3-panel-6-mo17panel 6 detail
sea-urchin-3-panel-7-mo-17panel 7 detail
sea-urchin-3-panel-8-detail-mo-17panel 8 detail
two panels to go then each one will be lined in white silk, edged in buttonhole lace with guitar strings for the ribs
Braille for the Soul

sea-urchin-3-halfway-mo17Sea Urchin 3 Mo17
progress in the transliteration of Braille for the Soul
sea-urchin-3-panel-5-detail-mo17detail of the 5th panel at the halfway point
urchin-inside-in-progress-mo17the beginnings of panel 6 exploring the pattern inside
urchin-insidedetail of the beautiful perforations inside the sea urchin

sea-urchin-3-panel-4-mo17Sea Urchin 3 in process Mo 17
the 4th panel took two weeks of numbly stitching through the angst for our beautiful broken world
sea-urchin-3-panel-4-detail-mo-17with wobbling attention to the surface details
sea-urchin-surface-detail-mo17sea urchin surface detail
this one will take quite some time but there is no rush
Braille for the Soul

making sense stitch by stitch

Posted: January 25, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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making sense of Sea Urchin III stitch by stitch
each panel informs the next, held the urchin under the magnifying lens
and realized each of the bumps look like a tiny breast replete with nipple & areole!
felt is so easy to stitch & manipulate, this is fun!
stitching is like Braille for the Soul

Sea Urchin III in process

Posted: January 22, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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a friend accidentally washed her Mum’s favourite wool cardigan & gave it to me for Sea Urchin III
the template has a diameter of 29cm, even remembered the formula for finding the circumference of a circle to divide it evenly into 10 panels
each panel was cut with a scalpel blade and steel rule
the first panel was stitched with DMC cotton perle with lots of French knots and couched threads for texture, then made a blind drawing whilst looking at the details of the sea urchin under the jeweller’s lens
NB blind drawing is a favourite exercise for getting the hand/eye coordination flowing by following the edges of the surface of the object with the eye and the tip of the pencil without looking at the paper

also tried one strand of blind stitching inspired by Leonie Andrews’s Stitching in the Dark but there was too much blood letting involved, Old Man Crow suggested wearing Teflon gloves!

a sad Sea Urchin II

Posted: January 18, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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Sea Urchin II
Mo 17
6cmW x 3.5cmH
needlelace over Whisper silk organza & boar bristles, French knots & glass beads
sadly overworked to a lumpy travesty of the form
it lost the delicate laciness and all those wispy edges
by trying too hard & hoping that if I just kept going it would work out in the end… it doesn’t …
the good news is I was given this felted wool cardigan that a friend accidentally put in the washing machine
it will be perfect for  Sea Urchin III
Braille for the Soul is the working title for my new body of work investigating what we read through the haptic sense of touch in stitch
the-gatheringthe misbegotten one looks happy sitting on the shelf with the Barrel of Fun

Sea Urchin II is still in process but I am getting better at making French Knots !
needle lace stitched over Whisper silk organza & boar bristles, vintage glass beads, French knots & thread beads
the top resting over the base, will weave them together once all the French knots are done
This wonderful bundle of naturally dyed vintage cloths and threads arrived from Ulrike all the way from Germany!
Frangipani flowers from one of our gardens

Sea Urchin 2 in process

Posted: December 29, 2016 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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Sea Urchin 2 in process, needle lace over boar bristles, vintage glass beads
random needle lace over “whisper” silk organza and boar bristles
considering how to place the beads…
observing the details

considering string and things

Posted: June 25, 2014 by Mo Crow in knots and nests, weave
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string-and-thingsconsidering string and things