Yesterday, I didn’t feel like I had an entirely successful day with my own work and also was well aware that was a thing my students were going to feel on looking at their own results. Threads broke, sometimes knots didn’t get tied, threads weren’t cinched up tightly enough…those little provoking things that keep a piece from working happened. Still, due to the crinkles and wrinkles in the cloth, something happened under the surface of the dye that was unplanned. It’s just not what was wanted though and that will be, in many cases, the next step.
So this afternoon, in my backyard, I looked at dangling threads and asked, “Well…what if we left the thread in, instead of picking them all out?” Or, “What if the image was embellished with simple embroidery (like kantha or sashiko)?” things like that. We won’t be able to pursue these things in class and chances are many of them won’t want to go any further with these things, but then again, what if?