Small is not a measurement
I called this segment Small Cloth. We might ask ourselves what is small? And there is no real answer. It's relative to your point of view. Your personal sense of scale. I have my own sense of small which will be the framework for preparing patches and puzzle pieces. It is what I feel comfortable with after all these years. Small is not a measurement. It might be quite personal , especially when considering capability. Comfort often translates into a sense of what seems right. Maybe that feeling keeps expressing itself for a while until something else takes over. What feels good or even "right" changes. Especially with time, practice.
I will begin with a kind of personal math then. Quilt Math I used to call it, especially in the traditional context of quiltmaking. But now I've simplified into something I will call PieceMaking, which I think works in a broader way within my style of composition. An an open ended or "Loose" plan.
When I ask myself what is small, my answer is not (too) big. But at the same time, and quite importantly, not (too) tiny.
A Sense of Scale
I am linking to and adding content from old blog posts and previously recorded thoughts on this subject because I have talked about this many times before within the context of what I was working on and just like scraps of cloth, loose thoughts might all work together to build and round out this concept. It is handy for me to look back as well, before I try to explain where I am today. Today is simply a sum of our yesterdays.
Below is a little film I made awhile back when I was experimenting with on screen drawing. I just like it. The sound was not too good so I did not publish it, but you might lean in.
simple as one, two, three
And below are some excerpts form Small Journeys (sometimes awful sound) where I talked about my personal sense of scale. Just giving you a bit of history.
So, today, reconsidering again. PieceMaking.
Let's do it.
Back to the present, that life in pieces
This is a way to begin. Each size piece is a puzzle base that might be developed later. But all the base puzzles will work together. I call them puzzle 1, 2, 3, etc, just to keep track of the size I began with. Over time though, I don't keep track at all. I just play with what I have and learn from that.
The other thing about small cloth is the convenience. Small enough to fit in your pocket, portable and easy to manage. Handy to use to catch a few thoughts in stitch, and easy to use for practice.
Small Cloth also helps me appreciate less. Live in the moment. Use a little time to make a little something. Makes it easier to begin.