Loss makes artists of us all as we weave new patterns in the fabric of our lives.
Greta W. Crosby

Scissors thread cloth (Copyright Hanna Andersson)

Jude Hill is a fabric artists who makes slow cloth things. They are both smaller art quilts and large quilts in a very unique and artistic way. I have been a fan of her blog Spirit Cloth for a long time now, and I feel grateful for the time she spends taking photos and sharing her cloth stories. Just recently I found out that she does little movies too, short extracts of her stitching life. She shares her work, the ideas behind it and some of her stories.

Fraying stripes of slow cloth (Copyright Hanna Andersson)

She seems very productive and always has something new to share. It is all very inspirational. She was the one reason I bought the latest issue of the magazine Quilting Arts (August-September 2010) when I saw it at Presstop. In the magazine she has an article called Weaving a Cloth Base where she describes how she weaves strips of fabric together to make a base for her work. She uses this technique to create a unique look both for her big artsy quilts and smaller embroidery work. It is kind of her signum and it creates a interesting starting point for your work.

Slow cloth

I have made a cloth base using a few of the tea dyed fabrics, and now I am hand sewing them together and embellishing with more tea dyed strips and embroidery. I don’t know where it is going but I think it is quite pretty…

Beading by hand

Slow cloth inspiration resources

For more cloth weaving and embroidery check out Jude Hill’s flickr photos, Kristin’s post Cloth to cloth (she is taking an online class with Jude!) and some more weaving samples at quilting arts, to see how it is done check out her video day 57 and her youtube channel of course. :-)