Starting somewhere: SunMoonStars

Not knowing where to start is a frequent problem for me, no matter what type of art I am doing.  There is always the question of color, design, thread.  What colors look best together?  What is my overall plan?  Should I use regular DMC cotton, Perle cotton, or some fancy silk thread?  This is what bogs me down.

So Friday eve, I began to attach cloth scrap to cloth scrap.  Thinking about design but not really planning.  And I came up with two pieces:

Hand-stitching for SunMoonStars
Will the sun shine today? SunMoonStars

These were meant to be vertical strips of cloth. The sun has been on my mind, or lack of sun.  So gray skies with barely visible moons and a sun trying so hard to break through.  But then I realized these pieces didn’t feel right for what I had in mind.  Back to Spirit Cloth–ah, plan a design?  Sketch it out?  Hmm I don’t do that.  Ever.  But I can start.

At 9pm, when I am usually reading, I grabbed the remainder of my Bengala dyes set (these Japanese-made mineral dyes are so fast and easy!) and proceeded to dye 4-inch squares of cotton cloth.  Enough for a 9-patch.  On Saturday, I ironed and heat set the marbled designs.  Pinned and ready for SunMoonStars.

Bengala-dyed 4-inch squares for patchwork
Playing with hand-dyed cotton cloth for a 9-patch