Follow the lines. Utilizing basic plain weave and counting stitches, linear and geometric forms were created. I find the process and results akin to nature. Whether a snowflake or wildflowers blanketing a prairie, it's not random at all, rather it's always a congruent form or pattern.
Today, our natural environment and conservation are inseparable topics. Repurposing a coffee bean sack as my blank canvas, grid work inspired the creation of this piece.
Along the way, all the wool ends hung loosely inside the sack creating volume and warmth. And working this piece on my lap I appreciated this extra heat during those frigid winter days. Baby quilts had come to mind. I added cotton batting and stitched the layers together accentuating the visual lines.
The mixed materials from fine wool to the common raffia challenge the notions of value. Use once and toss is sadly too familiar. An item has worth when we choose to hold onto it and use it responsibly.
40"h x 28.5" w x 1.5"d
Hand stitched, hand quilted
Repurposed jute sack, wool, acrylic, raffia, bamboo, cotton, polyester, batting