Thursday, August 12, 2010

Technique of the Week #21 - Slow Cloth/Torn fabrics

Project hours: 7 hours
Design and materials: 1 hours
Execution: 6 hours

Before you get all excited that the Techniques are back, this is one that I have been working on this summer while it's been all crazy.  I have about 3 more weeks before the summer of crazy is over, at which time, the Technique of the Week will resume! (yay!)
The Slow Cloth movement is one that I am trying hard to embrace, because the tenets of it speak to me as a quilt artist.  It started out as a "joy in the process" thing, and moved to have about 10 basic principles.  
At the same time I was reading about this movement, I also was inspired by an artist who had made works entirely of torn cloth.  There's another artist with a similar style in the August/September issue of Quilting Arts (the current issue).
This was made with torn squares of gorgeous Cherrywood Dyes, and made most of it while I was on vacation in Europe this May.    I focused on the process while making it, and enjoyed that each square would be uniquely stitched and hand fringed. This is a great thing for relaxation on vacation, and a way to get some handwork in. 


ConundrumChum said...

Cheryl, what do you do with all the small quilts you make? Do you hang them, catalog them, where are they? I really enjoy your techniques. Toni.

Elaine said...

Hi Cheryl, thanks for the link! Just one clarification: The movement didn't grow to include 10 principles -- I originated the concept and developed and wrote the 10 principles (in other words, they didn't come out of nowhere, or from other people; it's my work. I'm glad you're finding it inspiring). Thanks.
Elaine Lipson (

jude said...

i think that article in quilting arts was probably mine.

Cheryl said...

Jude- It was! Thank you so much for commenting! I loved the article and your work!

Elaine- Thanks for the correction, I appreciate it!