I am so happy to be writing this post. The Traveller's Blanket was a journey of almost two years, and a union of several projects. When I started my traveller's blanket with a course with Dejanne Cevaal, I didn't really foresee this amazing journey in slow and meditation stitching. I'm so happy that you've shared it with me. 😊
A journey of many pathsHere is the final piece.
|Journey of many paths - finally hanging on the wall!|
|Journey of many paths|
Slow Stitching, Meditation Style
The journey began with an article on Stitch Meditation, by Liz Kettle in the October/November edition of the Quilting Arts magazine. As I played with fabric to make small meditation blocks, I felt the meditative effect of slow stitching.
I used a bunch of 4" flannel squares from a dearly loved flannel blanket as the backing. For the fabric top, I would dip into a small bag of my hand-dyed fabrics for something that caught my fancy. Some of the blocks were based on projects that I had just finished. I used different weights and colours of embroidery floss, ribbon, beads and what ever else caught my fancy.
|Pretty Moon and Star, Angles, |
Green & Blue with Bark, and Shining Rose
|Pieces of my heart|
|Orange, pink and a feather|
Attaching the blocks & creating hexies
Each meditation block was attached to the blanket using embroidery stitches, usually a blanket stitch. I then used different embroidery stitches around them.
|Chevy supervising the |
Quilting the background
|All the blocks and hexies are embroidered onto the blanket|
|Stitching around the hexies and in circles.|
|Pause for drama 😊|
|Journey of many paths|
|Back of Journey of many paths|
What I learned
- It took a lot of time and effort, with a few break in between, but it's done! 😊
- I still need to ensure that the beads, shells and hexies are all affixed properly (there are missing a couple of shells!) as well as make a hanging sleeve and label.
- I learned a lot while doing this project. There are many lessons learned that you can read in the previous posts.
- You can also view a lot more detailed pictures on previous posts as well as on Instagram. If you don't have an Instagram account, you can use the widget on the right side of my blog to see them.
- I mentioned in my previous Traveller's Blanket post that Journey of many paths will be exhibited in Shawville, Quebec, in June at the artPontiac Stone School Gallery. I'll keep you informed as the show gets closer.
- Quilting Arts magazine - October/November 2019 edition
- Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution and Stitch Meditation
- Dejanne Cevaal on Instagram
- Traveller's Blanket Posts
- Making the meditation blocks
- More slow stitching, meditation style, January 19, 2020
- Attaching the meditation blocks onto the blanket
- More learning with the Traveller's Blanket, May 19, 2020
- Update on my Traveller's Blanket, September 28, 2021
- Updates on Slow Stitching projects, October 11, 2021
- Stitching the background (quilting!)