At a Rydal Hall retreat a few years ago when were sharing books that inspired us , an entry in the 'History of the World in 100 Objects' set off a discussion about winding cloths and burial practices. I've had it in mind for a while to construct a double sided installation piece using indigo scraps , partly inspired by work by Masai Bamba seen at Cloth and memory 2 and Beverly Ayling-Smith at the Whitworth.
I've got so into stitching on the train that I wanted a project that could be worked in sections , easily portable. So on January 1st I made a start, sewing my first scrap to a piece of 1/2 width kasuri kimono fabric ( a semi-transparent gauze). I've been adding pieces alternatively to each side, selecting and pinning a few strips at a time.
Very soon I was getting very excited about the interaction of the stitches - both sides are of equal importance and then when you hold it against the light, it has yet another dimension. I'm calling it 'Wind me in the sea' - I don't know yet quite how large it's going to be or what changes I'll make along the way but it's addictive daily stitching.