Introducing Willow

I am involved in a story project with the Travelling Artists’ Guild .   My character is called Willow Dreaming and this would be her:

a stitched sketch:

Along with trying to develop and write an actual story, something that does not come naturally to me, I am going to create a quilt/story cloth to go with it.  Actually the cloth may well end up being the story and the writing coming a poor second.  We shall see.

Willow is to depart from the Travelling Artists’ Guild from a compass set in the floor of the Journey Hall.  I have set out to create the first block which shows just that with Willow at the centre.


Attaching the strips for weaving:


weaving the compass:



I have couched silk sari thread to create the circle within the block:


The colours used and the placement of them are deliberate, an interpretation of the traditional Wheel of the Year, green – North – Earth, yellow – East – Air,   red – South – Fire, and blue – West – Water.  The weaving is all basted down, the sari thread couched, all that remains to do is the stitching and this block will be complete yay!


About Jill An artist inspired by nature in all her glorious guises and the ‘inner’ worlds I have inhabited in the past, present and future; also those of other wanderers I meet along the way.
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7 Responses to Introducing Willow

  1. Linda D. says:

    Really lovely work. So pleased you’re making progress, excellent!!!

  2. jotree says:

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring….Blessings

  3. Carol Moore says:

    Filled with the creativeness of the journey of the Guild. Wonderful work!

  4. Karen Turner says:

    What a lovely idea. The weaving is SO effective; I love the way you’ve blended the colours.

  5. This is a wonderful way to make a compass. I really like your progress.

  6. Very beautiful, and quite unique….

  7. deanna7trees says:

    i love the way you worked the weaving around the figure right from the beginning. thanks for visiting my blog.

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