I’ve been trying to reconstruct in my head how I go about the process of making a cloth collage. The slow-stitch, hand-dyed kind. It’s always more about the process than the product, but what is the process?
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a “how-to-collage primer.”
So yes, I begin with scraps or patches of hand-dyed cloth, in this case, Bengala dyes, natural mineral dyes from Japan. If I am making a 9-patch as the basis for the collage, then there’s re-arranging of cloth, pinning, then stitching seams. Sometimes the background cloth is chosen first, and sometimes not.
The stitching could be by hand or by machine, depending on my mood. Once the patch is placed on the backing, I use the Jude Hill glue-stitch. (See SpiritCloth Blog for details). In looking back, at some point I decided to add suns, moons and stars for Jude Hill’s challenge. But I do not have a photo of the in-between process from sewn 9-patch to decorated 9-patch with hand-embroidery. Sometimes you get wrapped up in the process and forget about photos.
The final results: Is a piece ever complete?