Friday, November 16, 2007



spooky...
"Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you..."
Growing up, my Mom had an Andy Williams record... remember vinyl records? And I had a crush on him. He would sing "spooky" and I'd get all giggly. "First you'd say, "No... I've got some plans for tonight..." and then you'd stop... and say..."alright."" I loved that song! "Windy" and "My beautiful balloon" was also on that record. Whenever I'm in an elevator or a department store and hear one of those songs, it just makes me smile. This little wallhanging also makes me smile.
Everytime someone sees it, they say, "That's kinda spooky." And I tilt my head to the side and say, "Really?" Then they'll backtrack and say something like, "In a good kind a way." And then I smile. Funny thing about this little piece. I was doing some bleach resist for a friend. I did the usual and when I was running short of new ideas, I had only 2 peices of fabric left and decided to just make a couple things for me. John plopped his hands down on the one peice and said, "spray my hands." Sounded like a plan to me. So we did. It turned out cute so I sent it to my friend along with the others we made that day. Then, of course the girls had to get in on the fun. I only had one piece of fabric left so they'd have to share. Eva got there first so she placed her hand closest to me and then Bekah had to stretch her hand out across the fabric to get it in. I sprayed and we resisted and dunked and washed and dried... surprise!!! the girls' looks dimensional, because Bekah is 2 years younger and smaller- in the distance. Creating depth with bleach resist is just the coolest thing. And the way the bleach puddled in certain spaces... spooky. But they are my sweet girls' hands and so I guess I don't really see it that way. As Bob Ross would have said, "It's a happy little accident." That's maybe a little spooky! I was very hesitant to quilt it as the resist areas are a bit subtle and I didn't want to muddy it up too much, but I think it turned out fine. The borders I made by fan folding the fabric and then spraying the bleach solution on the folds- front and back. I was afraid that it might be too busy for the piece, but the monochromatic color keeps it kinda calm- still letting the hands sizzle a bit.

6 comments:

atet said...

Oooh...love this piece!!! It really is neat and what a great "handprint" remembrance of a day spent with the kids!

Darcie said...

...and she is the luckiest friend in the whole wide world!!! I know for a fact that her Mom even got all teary-eyed when paging through the resists...and said "...my this Nina is quite an artist, isn't she! How clever!"

I love your piece! Not a bit spooky! Just very cool cool cool!!!

Lotsa love....

Peni said...

I'm loving it too!!! Think the border and quilting sequence is perfect. Funny, I don't remember saying you were an artist....but I've ALWAYS thought so, so maybe I'll say it again someday. JK XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

julieQ said...

I like it!!! Kind of spooky and intrigueing.

JulieQ

Kim said...

Very cool! Makes me want to go play with bleach! Which IS kind of spooky, I think! LOL!

cher said...

I agree, what a happy accident-I think the quilting is just right-a wonderful piece.