I did stitch the donkey head on my sewing machine. The outline of it anyway. I’m hand stitching the inside pieces because I like using tiny stitches space far apart that are more visible as a texture than a stitch, because it causes the fabric to puck and pull in just the tiniest bit.
And I did so much more on Goddess Eyes today. I was so into what I was doing, one thing flowed to another. I would do one thing, like add some color to the goddesses dress, then I would stop, sit on my chair half way across the room and look at the whole piece. What I needed to do next would be revealed. I would see it, something needed to be darker, or have more color. In my mind, I would see a swatch of fabric that’s been sitting on my shelf and and know it belonged on the piece somewhere.
Around 4 o’clock I was having a hard time focusing, but I didn’t want to stop working. So I fed the animals and went to the Battenkill to swim. There’s a swimming hole just five minutes away. I knew it would clear my head and it did.
When I came back I added the piece of fabric with the women on it at the top and drew the interior spaces extending off of it. Hungry and tired, I stopped around 7pm feeling like I had a really good day at work.
I loved the way this 1940’s woman was pointing at the circle on the fridge ( I’m not sure what it is she’s pointing at, but I imagine it’s something special) so I drew the goddess around it.
I still have to stitch these pieces down, but I knew these wild women needed on be on this piece. They fit perfectly and then I did the drawing to go with it.
I cut the girl with the apples from a piece of fabric where she is picking apples from a tree. I thought the apple/Eve reference appropriate. The Goddess above her is crying the sacred fluids of life.
This “bird” was the first thing I drew. I saw it out of the corner of my eye when I was doing yoga and I had the blank quilt hanging on my wall. You can see I followed the stitches which were enough to say “bird” and I improvised the rest. The wing is from the vulture drawings in my Goddess book. I added the color and small drawings, which are also from the book, to it today.