Saturday, September 29, 2007


This piece of cloth began with a question from the head of the Design Team at the church I attend, would I weave for the Celebration of Arts Day in April...maybe a demonstration. I thought yes I could do that. Then I remembered an article I had read about a "story" cloth and thought maybe I could incorporate the idea within the demonstration. We asked for pieces of peoples lives, for me to weave into the cloth, bits and pieces of fabric from loved ones, special days, special memories, prayers, beads, stones, etc. We asked that those who participated would prayerfully consider what to give for the cloth. I began it at the Celebration of Arts, then the loom was brought home and I let it sit a while as I waited for people to respond to the call for their items. Finally it was time to begin the weaving and I wove on it exclusively for 4 days, 4 days of thinking about the church, the fact that I could weave for the Lord(overwhelming) especially after reading Exodus 35:35- He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver-those who do very work and those who design artistic works. I became very touched by the pieces of fabric, stone, beads and the stories attached to them and I couldn't stop until it was finished.
I thought of Meme's wedding dress, a widow giving me a piece of his shirt"closest to his heart", left over fabrics for twin grand-daughters,yarns from hats made for the Seafarers Mission, wedding dresses, shirts,stones with meaning. I had been entrusted with these items and I was humbled. I feel differently about weaving now, I am grateful for it and I now look to God for direction in it and all that I do. As the verse stated, He filled them...pretty powerful. I have been changed.

This was read at church this evening as the story cloth was presented to the congregation at the start of the annual meeting. I wrote it to be read, I am a weaver not a public speaker. Anyway, that aside, the piece is now where it belongs, on the communion table. It now has it's purpose to fulfill, for which I am satisfied. I may do another, another layer if you now people have an understanding of what I was doing. So I hope there is interest, I would love to continue where I left off. We are a community of many stories, all important, all valid, all needing to be told and heard.

I have been painting, warming up, practicing, trying things out. Putting paint on the paper, learning things about myself as I move along. I like to rush, who knew? I like being busy and getting allot done. Watercolor likes slow people, not fast ones. Watercolor, like weaving, wants me to slow my thoughts and responses. To think about what it is I am trying to accomplish.
So I am still on one eggplant, one pear etc. Playing with washes and wet in wet and trying some things. A teacher I had a number of years ago told me to paint, paint, paint and I didn't. So here I am still needing to paint and draw, what is that anyway. It is like a insect bite. So back on the bike I climb this time armed with a little more confidence and realizing that it is ok, I am doing this for me. "We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way." - John Holt I have that quote hanging up in "my room"for lack of a better name for it at present. The other quote I like is "Let go of the outcome"- Abraham Maslow
Anyway, back to the pear, it is unfinished but I was posting and thought I'd add it. I had to let it dry to work on it a little more. That is the problem for me, patiently let it dry. So how did I get around that miner glitch in my personality, started another painting...

Maggie says hello. I just love this hound. She just makes me smile.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


cindy said...

The cloth is truly lovely!!! How special it is. I also think Maggie makes me smile. Keep painting; I ,too, am painting these days..................

Carol said...

Isn't that Maggie girl just the best? I am quite willing to share her abilities to make you smile. I thank you Cindy for your kind words and I would like to know more about your painting!

MgoBlue said...

My uncle used to do rugs like these! He was deaf and and learned this for his trade (he sold them). I used to have one but gave it to my brother who I thought would enjoy it more. (it was about a 20' runner and there was nowhere in my house to enjoy it!)
GOrgeous anyway!

Loretta said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog about the thumbergina. I have never heard of it before, but remember that was the name on the tag.

Your blog is beautiful. The story cloth is amazing. You belong to a wonderful church; I have been seeking a church like yours down here for some years.

Thanks again for writing.

Loretta said...

Thumbergia! As I was typing it I knew it was wrong and too much like thumbelina. LOL,

Carol said...

Thank you Loretta for your kind words. Yes, I do belong to a wonderful church. I know what you mean, I had been searching for years before I found it. Or maybe it found me...Thank you for reading.

Africantapestry said...

Lovely cloth and the pear looks great so far...I hope you'll finish it.
Thanks for visiting and the kind comment.

lila said...

Your weaving and watercolor are both beautiful!
I love the story cloth idea, and its use for the communion table ,too!