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Faded Sapphire of Her Eyes – Stage 3

Strange how sometimes, you think you have it all worked out, quite a straightforward plan –  and then something gets into your head about altering the structure of the piece(just a little bit, I tell myself) don’t want to  take a chance with all those stitches and all that love!

But………..  This piece has a personal story to tell and it is a sad one. 

The proper title is really  ‘The Faded Sapphire of Her Eyes’. It relates to someone very precious to me.  I’ve taken quite a long time to approach this and to move forward with it. 

This is a slow cloth, in every sense of the word

I’ve been thinking  how complex we  human beings are, we possess such fragile layers but these can, at the same time, lay upon powerfully strong emotional foundations.   Such an emotive subject deserved more from me and I feel it isn’t there yet.

  Trouble is what happened next was purely instinctive, right at the moment I was about to ‘frame and fringe it'(or so I thought) I looked down at an awl had just received in the post for starting book-binding experiments and I suddenly realised that I could add more to this story, by taking something away, strange…………

Anyway, I told myself, it would give more depth to things, so I stabbed the poor piece with the little awl, and cut areas away.  What the hell was I doing? I thought, but it felt right and  the small missing pieces were representational of periods of sadness  which have to heal and mend.

 So, I had my answer –   the next stage was to heal and mend stitch by stitch.

This is where I’m up to and how long this will take until I feel ready to leave it be, I have no idea, but I will keep on until it feels right to me.


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Goodbye to yet another friend …………………

A quiet guy, who kept his nearest and dearest on an even keel,

gave a great rendition of Mac the Knife, knew countless people.

 Loved the idea of one day  getting that motorhome and just freeing things up a little.

 The guy who managed to hang on until the last day of the year by sheer strength of character(but only just).

Now my friend you have all the freedom you need

with none of the pain.

Happy trails!

Barb XX

Life's complicated
Fragility, uncertainty, thoughts of life/death. Plans, wishes, hopes Disintegration and regeneration
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2nd stage Faded Sapphires……………

Detail motif 2nd stage

Making progress now and I’m happy with the dimensional effect the appliqued leaves have given, a 2nd placement at the side to balance things and a token few at the base.

Next I’m thinking of a stuffed binding for the sides to keep it soft and blurry with this lovely misty fabric which has a really shiny lustrous finish – torn between the two effects but think the matt with just a sheen is the right choice  for it.

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Then I’m going to experiment with an idea I have for the bottom ‘fringe'(for want of a better word) and the treatment for the sides.   Watch this space………………………………

If you need an incentive to finish projects and a little encouragement from like-minded people, hop over to and take a look at the Work in progress Wednesday page run by Sharon B!

Barbara M

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Further along with my WIP – Faded saphires………………

I think this is going to take longer than envisioned, and I am adding some more dimension to the piece, but the insertions of pewter are proving to be tough on the fingers.  The threads I dyed are just right, not too bright and I have managed to stitch some more seed and Kantha in parts.  The appliqued pieces are dyed Bond-a web on felt still playing with placement and more stitching to do…………  Unfortunately, it’s been a long day and  this shot is bad but will take more further along the line.


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Seeds of something new………….

I have been concentrating of late on trying to draw and enjoying it a great deal, but I must admit to missing the feel  of fabric in my hand and the stitches appearing before my eyes.  I don’t know if this has been at the back of my mind whilst drawing, but the solution to creating a certain piece which has caused me such trouble seems to be a little nearer, now.

The subject of it is quite a serious one and close to my heart.  I think when you are so involved , it can become a mental burden, I feel pressurised to produce a piece that translates the strong emotion that it evokes in me, otherwise, what’s the point?  It would just be another bit of sewing, right?


This time I have an idea that is a departure from my usual representation.  I am going to go totally by the feel of this and there will be 2 parts to this subject.  I can’t say more until I’m further along with it, but I hope I do it justice!

Anyway, enough of ‘serious’  here’s my progress on it for this week.

This, as you will have gathered, is a W.I.P. (work in progress)  so I will post to Sharon B’s site  under the heading Work in progress Wednesdays.  A chance to keep motivated and see what others are creating.

Hope you find the answers to all your own internal questions!

Wishes and stitches

Barbara M