March 26, 2013

Suz- March Block and Wrapping Cloth

My March block is finished! I added a bit of tatting, a herringbone variation in variegated pink, chain stitch half circles, and some cast-on chains.

 
Buttonhole seam treatments on my wrapping cloth
layers of cast-on stitch chains
a few additions to the basket
a bevy of bullions
beginning of a tatted branch with leaves



the right side of the wrapping cloth

oops, I should have damp-stretched my cloth......shame on me....

followed by the left side












there are more embellishments in the works for this piece, and soon I'll create a second section of my wrapping cloth.

I bit the bullet, and made some rouleau loops with my wild fabric, so you may be seeing more wild on section number 2.

As always, your comments and suggestions are most appreciated. Thanks.
Hugs from Suz


23 comments:

Judy S. said...

Love your March block, Suz. What exactly is a wrapping cloth? Whatever it is, it's going to be fabulous. All that beautiful stitching....

Debra Spincic said...

All that white space to fill would be giving me hives. You, on the other hand, can easily rise to the occasion!

Suztats said...

Thanks Judy. A wrapping cloth is one made and stitched by hand, composed of different sections of cloth, embellished, joined together and backed with another fabric.
A wrapping cloth is the name Karen gave her cloth: it’s to wrap someone you love-basically a cloth they can use like an afghan. Since it’s all stitched by hand, it’s created with lots of love, in which the recipient wraps themselves. Well, that’s the idea, anyway, but each person might have their own concept--making a wall hanging instead, or creating a bag of one sort or another. Mine is intended as a wrapping cloth to enfold me and mine on cool evenings.
I'm aiming for 4'x5' or so, but that may change along the way. ;-)

Suztats said...

I think that's my favourite part, Debra, all that bare fabric to cover with surface embroidery........heaven. Now, if I only had another pair of hands and an extra 12 hours stitching time every day....hahahah

Debra Spincic said...

Two people wrapped up in 4 x 5? You are either sitting on each other's lap or very, very skinny!

Debra Spincic said...

I wonder if anyone has ever done one of these as a round robin.

Suztats said...

Well, not at the same time! Unless of course you want to get cozy with your honey........lol

Suztats said...

I haven't heard of one, but it's possible, although this is a special class........Still, why not?

Debra Spincic said...

Probably the only way I would get one made!

Do you know Freda (in FL)? She's working on a grey wallhanging now as a result of Karen's class.

Cy said...

Loving this project of yours Suz. I've been admiring Karen's work for a while now, and was inspired to start 'gathering' LOTS of whites etc. for a project I have in mind to start later this year.
I love how your wrapping cloth has accents of colour, sometimes very subtle and other times "requesting the attention of the viewer".

Debra Spincic said...

I'm going to bet money that Suz can't keep away from the color on this project. Just a feeling I have.

Suztats said...

Freda B? i follow her blog, and she just sent me a comment on my blog post.....heehee

Suztats said...

Well, there already is some colour with my wild fabric, and I've made prairie points and rouleau loops with the wild, so yes, there'll be some of that popping up on each section, but that's all the colour I plan to add....although, you never know......

ladyhawthorne said...

I tend to stay away from white because it won't stay white long in my house. Between me and my grey cat, well I leave it to your imagination.
My favorite thing in this post is your bullions, just love those and yours are so neat.

cq4fun said...

The wrapping cloth is gorgeous. I love the variety and the texture of the things you are adding to it.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

The tatting is gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing the wrapping cloth progress - never actually heard of that so I'm intrigued.

Carol-Ann said...

Your tiny bit of tatting for March looks so delicate. Wrapping cloth is new to me too and I wonder whether it originates from "swaddling clothes".

Debra Spincic said...

That's an interesting observation!

See, Suz, you have all of our attention!

Suztats said...

Thanks Cy! Yes, that wild cloth does attract one's attention,doesn't it? I do love it, though, and it's a beautiful fabric. You'll see it showing up on every piece created for the wrapping cloth.

Suztats said...

Well, this will be the first white cloth in the house. Hmmm, maybe it'd be safer hung on a wall....

Suztats said...

Thank you. There's lots more coming........i hope....lol

Suztats said...

Thanks Deborah-me too!

Suztats said...

Thanks Carol-Ann. I think it would depend on one's interpretation of swaddling cloths since they were mostly used for babies. But as a general concept of wrapping one's loved family members to protect and keep warm and safe, there may be a connection. I think if you visited Karen's website, you could read her theory and reasons for creating a wrapping cloth.
http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/