Building with Pairings

Ideas Waking up

Design Mending

I did a quick sketch over a photo of the arrangement.   Becoming green was in my mind.  And Growing Up.   And maybe Blending in.   There's nothing new about trees with faces or animals/people sprouting branches.  This kind of image is common in illustration.  Maybe that's where it came from?.   Are they cats?  Depends on the face details I think.   They are certainly stray somethings. Wild things.

The sketch is loose, sometimes to draw is not the same as to stitch. I don't always follow the sketch, sometimes I just want to get the thought out.  I never trace and sometimes don't even look back.  I always like to draw in the moment.  The pairings are an easy begin as a base,  there are so many options for shaping them.  I like to take it slow.  Rocking between  drawing and stitching, as needed.  With the purpose of holding it together.

Audio- Draw

A loose drawn layer

Building on and with Pairings

In general

Things are not running smoothly here at the moment,  technical issues along  with the house sale and spring allergies and such.   I feel I have not  covered a lot of what I expected to get to here.  And time is passing.  And I do want to get through one piece from start to finish... to do that.  I need to talk.

Audio - Whatever


  1. Jen NyBlom

    Jude~~ I have never enjoyed listening/watching classes, tutorials, recorded thoughts/processes until NOW! So much of the thoughts you express, working thru & sharing your ideas, sometimes Cloth, sometimes Life; I find myself thinking (sometimes out loud!) “YES. I think/feel that way tooooooooo!!” THANK YOU for being so open, so sharing, letting us into your Heart & Head. Absolutely LOVE your free-flowing organic style, sharing what just moves thru you, sometimes right in the Moment. (but, I must say; this is like the best novel ever: you cannot put it down, but you know it’s gonna end, and that makes you just a teensy bit melancholy (ok, more than a teensy) Thank you, Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself. Huge Gratitude <3 XOXO

  2. Anne van Oel

    Dear Jude, just a very short note to let you know I’m so very much enjoying what you are doing. It’s a treat every time. Thank you. Hope you just keep going in your own pace and your own story’s. I’m thankful and happy that you give me the opportunity to join you!

  3. Ah yes, WordPress…. I have been trying to figure that out for awhile! I am happy you will be continuing the first session too. I enjoy hearing you talk about your work and your process. It helps me to think about mine. I am trying to figure out my own way to say something except I am not sure what I am even trying to say! Just thought I would chime in that I love what you are doing and look forward to each installment.

  4. Michele

    I am loving both the pace and the content. I too listen repeatedly and it’s a treat every time. There are so many nuggets of joy here.

  5. amaranda de jong

    Sorry if the tech is doing your head in CAN RELATE ! whatever is good for you is fine with me .Have been responding on Ragmates should i be doing it here ? Think what you have done so far is TERRIFIC Jude ,every day look forward to checking in and seeing what everyone’s done thanks to your inspiration TA from blighty x

  6. I am enjoying this so much! It is fascinating to peek over your shoulder while you work. I have so many ideas and new ways to approach them. The twists and turns are part of the fun of following your work.

  7. grace

    leaving Part l open and evolving……yes. I like that. It is like you are weaving a basket made of words, loosely woven, that will continue to grow, to hold many things, but hold them within. The word basket will accommodate Everything.

  8. Joan

    I am so glad to hear that part one will be open ended at this point. I am super excited to move into the technique portion of part two but I am also really enjoying just taking in your thoughts and think it is great to have two separate areas for each. Thanks for taking us along on your thoughts journey!

      • I m being an echo here. I like listening to your voice meander and describe pathways. I am going to to write on my fabric! Today I am free of medical apparatus. Got my hair washed and cut. Feel better for doing that. While I sat encumbered I made a nine patch and it was grounding; which felt sacred. We are in the right place somehow.

  9. Judy

    Hi Jude, I too get so much pleasure out of hearing your voice and listening to your thoughts as you meander through the creative process. And I also come back to listen over and over again. The gift of your thoughts…’maybe this, maybe not…or maybe that…’ allows us to do that too. So often in classes or workshops with the time constraints there’s little opportunity for that. So thank you again for this wonderful opportunity. You’re certainly making a difference to my comfort with ‘colouring out of the lines’. Your pace suits me just fine.

  10. Love the tree people, The Dryads :>) tree spirits . This post has called for a big research fest with sacred groves and the trees and the goddess Diana and the moon. What a rich vein this is. Saw the tree people before in the image posted with your fathers painting in the background. So many ideas now this could run forever. Love it

  11. The tree people have hit a chord. I walk to work a couple off times a week… about 7km. This gives my mind a time to wander and consider all sorts of things…often thoughts of no consequence. But after this post…I get it early in the morning…my mind wandered from tree people to Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night concert album (I was not there but played the album over and over). He said something like, “tree people I’m singing for you too”…obviously there were non-payers enjoying the concert from outside. I’m thinking I’ll borrow Jude’s tree people idea and develop it into a tribute of sorts to Hot August Night..That could be interesting for the colour palette I have sorted… quite a few reds and yellow. A thought has taken hold and a story emerging. Thanks Jude.

  12. I am quite happy just hearing your thoughts and ideas, as and when you are moved to share them. It’s enjoyable, and sparks ideas of my own, so that’s plenty for me.

just share what moves through you...