Early morning is the best time to walk in my neighborhood, especially in July. It's relatively cool, shady, and you always meet interesting people.
Well, enough excitement for one day. Back in the studio I'm attending to the mundane tasks of mounting weavings. Some exhibitions and competitions require that all work be mounted with hanging wires. Not my favorite style, but sometimes I just have to comply. I prefer the look of a textile flowing naturally in space, but if the folks in charge don't know how to deal with textiles, some bad things can happen on the way to a show. I'll tell you about it some day. Meanwhile, here is today's production:
I wrap prestretched canvases (purchased on sale at Hobby Lobby—I don't have my own woodworking tools, so this works well for me) with quilt batting, then staple the woven fabric around that. I finish the backs with black cotton fabric handstitched around the edges, to hide all the rough stuff. The labels are fused to the backing before stitching.
And I just love programming my old (25 yrs) Bernina 1230 to stitch the labels. One simple alphabet on this solid & trusty machine, nothing sexy, no memory, have to reprogram it every time I turn it on, but it's so dependable.