|Looping sheath before nip/tuck|
After several years of use, it had stretched to the point where it was riding up into the sip zone.
Like many of my looping projects, I painted this linen before stitching it. Luckily, I found the leftovers in my stash. So the next step was to select a spot for the alteration and cut the sheath.
This isn't as scary as it sounds. Looping is such a stable textile construction that it can't unravel. People have used this technique for thousands of years partly, I think, because even if you manage to rip it, it will hold together long enough for you to make a repair.
After picking out the cut stitches, I was ready to rejoin the cut ends, taking out the slack.
It was just a matter of picking up existing stitches on both sides of the cut to draw the edges back together.
|Looping sheath after nip/tuck|
The weekend also included a little rain and enough sunshine and warmth to melt most of the snow in three of my willow beds. Starting today, I plan to channel my Edward Scissorhands and cut as fast as I can. I suspect it won't be long before buds start to shoot out.
The harvest will give me some quiet time to reflect on work I'm doing for an upcoming show and clarify my intentions. I have a feeling I need a few metaphoric nips and tucks to make everything fit together the way I want.