Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Bargello Mystery.......

Well, now for the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say. Sorry for the hodge-podge on the photos; Blogger is being most obnoxious or I am clueless to what I am supposed to do to get them to behave.....and not awake enough to really care!

As stated previously I had this marvelous bargello piece, in fact, two identical pieces that I had received from Tristan. He had e-mailed me about how to make a liturgical stole and I sent him the *pattern* I work from, which is loose to say the least. I guess when you make then and tinker with them you don;t need a highly detailed pattern, plus the idea is always in my head. At any rate, he said since the bargello was done he was afraid he would screw it up (it was for an ordination gift) so would I be interested in finishing it? SURE!!! But I could not understand why he had hesitation about cutting into the pieces.

Until I got them in the mail, looked at these absolutely amazing works and though, OMG, I'm terrified to cut into them!!! No choice; we were working on a short deadline and I knew the amount of time I had each day to work out here was limited. I still cannot manage anything close to a full day so a job that should have taken me a day and a half, welllll, it took longer.
Yesterday I finally finished it up, except for trim on the edge, and in the meantime have written Tristan telling him it was basically done........come to find out, the ordination is TOMORROW, so I slapped that baby under the machine, got the trim sewn on, did what I was NOT supposed to do and drove it to town for overnight mailing. It should arrive to it's new owner this morning.

These pics are lousy as the last thing I did before bundling it up was snap a few photos, and by that time I had myself worked into a lather about getting to the Post Office so it would make the next day delivery. Remember, I live in the sticks and *Next Day* is relative, applying to larger locals. So I had to ask if it would be delivered today. Ask.
At any rate, you can get an idea of how it looked; I think the pics for the most part enlarge when clicked and like I said, these last ones are fuzzy, off kilter, and just not good.

Oh, and to explain the last photo. When originally corresponding with Tristan, I told him I had NEVER had the back of the neck line up, and always used a nice applique to cover it. (the ones I have made have had a woven design, that--the least bit off--YIKES....) Well, to get a good length I had to cut off the bottom of the piece which had beautiful reds...check the top photo. So naturally, when putting this together, I had the same problem with the back of the neck not matching, and carefully took apart the remnants of the bargello, getting a small, three strip piece, which was appliqued in place over the seam.
It visually tied it all together and gave the eye a place to rest.
And then I rested!

So.....this is what has kept me busy, in between naps and resting (or in other words, attempting to be good!) and I could have lived with that beautiful bargello just hanging on my pinning board for ever! But I got to enjoy it a short while and tomorrow, a young man will be wearing it at ordination, and all the meditation and prayer that I put in these as I do the handwork will be there with him, upon his shoulders, with Tristan's talent and color magic making him look wonderful!
We're kind of like Batman and Robin.......the Dynamic Duo!!!! (okay, Tristan is dynamic.....I'm more the speed of Alfred......)
And that's today's story kiddies! Tune in next week, same Bat Time; same Bat Channel!!!
In other words, have a wonderful weekend........

Pax.

50 comments:

Robbie said...

I hope someone takes a pic at the ordination too!! What a team you make!!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Robbie,

Yes, I said the same thing! I would love to have a photo for my collection of the stole in use....and post it here of course!!!
Tristans bargello is what *made* this stole.....I so did not want to cut that! ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

LOL - I had TOTALLY imagined the bargello going in the other direction. LOL

It looks fabulous! I'm so glad I gave it over to you. LOL I would not have had it turn out so beautifully.

I've asked for photos - we'll see if we get them.

Thanks so much for working with me!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

OMG!!! TRISTAN!
You should have told me that!!! I saw the colors going up, like Spirit rising....isn't it odd how everyone looks at a piece differently?
Hope I did not ruin it for you..... <:(

XXOO!!
Anne

yoborobo said...

Anne - It is just so beautiful! I love the way the colors go up to the reds (I'm with you on this one!). And the piece you fitted at the collar - okay you are a genius!! Rest up now, job beautifully done. I hope you get some photos, too! xo pam

Bunny said...

Well it turned out spectacular. A collaboration of two fine artists how nice. Reminds me when my hubby was ordained and I made his stoles. The others will be jealous. ;) Great job.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Pam,

No genius...I just learned a long time ago how to creatively cover things that have taken on a life of their own...LOL!!!
It started when I was doing a paper pieced silk quilt, with some EXPENSIVE hand dyed silk satin (I'll have to post a pic) and eventhough I had done everything possible to stabilize it.....I had NOTHING square!!!!
Hmmmmmm....maybe tis is tomorrow's post! LOL!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Bunny,

Yes, I hope they are ALL quite jealous!!! Oh that is SOOOOO not nice to say with the young man being ordained! But I love making these things and then seeing the recipients as they strut their stuff in them! ;)
It's a seamstress thing, I guess!

XXOO!!
Anne

Leslie said...

Incredible and I agreed with the way you ran the points on the bargello and Tristan should fall down at your feet. I do hope someone get a pic of the young man in his new stole. Awesome in the extreme!

Linda Moran said...

This is amazing! I love the color placement - just like a cross arising. I can't imagine them going another way. There is so much beauty in its simplicity. Rest up, Lady!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thanks Leslie!
I'm not sure our dear Tristan would be saying thanks.... LOL!!! I could NOT have sewn the bargello.....the pieces were SMALL. I like BIG bargello that is easy and lazy....which is probably why I never do it anymore! The small pieces always look better. ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Linda,

I looked at the colors and saw all the major liturgical colors and thought that the reds, for Pentacost, would be good at the neck.....
I had not seen the cross rising--amazing how we all see something different in this!
And cool too!

XXOO!!
Anne

Jan said...

wow, this is luscious! You two make a great team. Too bad you couldn't hold on to it for a week or two, just to soak up that color. I hope your DH doesn't read todays post, you might get a spanking.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Yes....to all of it Jan! And he does occasionally check in to see what I've posted....yikes.
I'm probably busted!! (oh well...)
I'm being very good and doing a bit of studio work and then to the house to rest.
That's all.
And yes, I would have loved to have kept it for a couple of weeks...sigh.... ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

*Ulrike* said...

Absolutely beautiful! Both of you did an excellent job!
Ulrike

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

(beams big smiles!!!)
Thanks!!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Queenmothermamaw said...

Oh Anne you are amazing. I love you. I do not know Kristan well, but I think I need to get to know him. That project is absolutely beautiful. I had wanted to make a stole for my cousin, but had no idea how to even start. He will soon have an anniversary of ordination and we all had thought about getting one but what a thrill to be able to make it. Going over to Tristan's since I don't evern know what bargello means. I sent an e-mail about the book.
QMM

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Tristan can sew faster than anyone I know! He's had his work published and shown....really does not put much of his fiber art on his blog, but on his web site....I think it's man made quilts.
Anyway, books abound on bargello patterns....I might even have one buried here (in fact I am sure I do), and really, as long as you're not working with tiny pieces, it is easy after you get over the brain drain of what you have to cut!
Thanks for the info on the book!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Lutra said...

What a wonderful collaboration! I love the colors and they way it came out... just stunning! I know that this lucky young man will be starting out his journey as a priest going in the right direction, knowing that he is loved and honored. What a great gift from both of you!
These works just always blow me away.
Very well done.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Lutra,

I found out that he received the stole at 10 this morning and the Ordination was at THREE this afternoon, not tomorrow!!!
Talk about almost not making it! LOL!!!
He was happy, I'm glad.
Things all work out!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Phew...talk about the nick of time! He is one lucky young man to have something so beautiful to wear. Both you and Tristan are geniuses to come up with this together. The colours are just like God created when he made flowers. Wonderful job!!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This stole is absolutely a sacred miracle in the final stages...what an incredible collaboration between you and Tristan and the new priest who will wear this in his sacraments. Imagine and Live in Peace,,,,rest a wee bit lady!
Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

teri said...

As always you and your work amazes me!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is.... this is....... totally amazing!! OMG!! How absolutely fabulous! I am in total and utter awe right now. It's is crazy wonderful. Great work.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi MA,

Oh, I just wanted to KEEP it! Some work I have in studio long enough to say, yes, I'm ready to ship it out---I've enjoyed it.
But this went too fast!!!
It was a delight working with Tristan and he really gave me the reins once the piecing and fabric got here...how lucky can you get? :)

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Mary Helen,

Yes, it was a miracle I had that last burst of energy to get it DONE! We did not have a hard deadline, but the fact that it was sooooooo close, and then I found out the ordination date.....that spurred me on. I just could not let that pass!
The one thing I love doing is the infusion of prayer.....as I stitch, the intention that goes into the piece. That is probably the most enjoyable part!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Teri!
Good to have you back....and thanks! I consider that a BIG compliment! :D

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Vanessa,

Isn't the color to die for???? It was just so hard to make the first cut into the big pieces.....oh.
The urge to snatch it up and take off for parts unknown.... ;)
But I behaved.
Sigh...

XXOO!!
Anne

gypsylulu said...

Oh my...what a feast i missed here yesterday...glad i'm here now!..so this explains all the mystery...lol! What a fabulous collaboration for Tristan and you, Anne! That young man is sooo fortunate! I love bargello...i only made one bargello quilt...my grandson now has it on his wall!
Love all the neat images here too, Anne!
xoxo gypsy

Silke said...

OMG, Anne (and Tristan), this is just amazing!! The colors are fantastic - I'd love to have that hanging on my walls! What a lucky priest - I hope someone will take pictures at the ordination!! Wonderful! Love, Silke

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Gypsy!

Well, you're here today...and the post is too, so you did not miss a thing! LOL!!!
I had a good time with it---I'm hoping Tristan had fun sewing all those pieces.....
I would SOOOOOOOO love a quilt like this, but with the king size bed...NO WAY. ;)

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Silke,

That color run is just fantastic; I actually wished I could have made the panels wider, to use more of the pieces.
Og course, that means I have *scraps*...... :D

XXOO!!
Anne

The Garden Bell said...

Love the color flow. These rock.
I'll be back same Bat time and same Bat Channel.

Kate

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Kate!!!

LOL!!! I used to LIVE for the old Batman TV show....just thought Adam West was to DIE for....still love his sense of humor.
I guess I preserve that in my *Bat Channel* tags!
Sorry, I'm nuts! I need a vacation!

XXOO!!
Anne

gypsylulu said...

Haha, Anne..i think its time we all headed for Naor'leans! lol!
gypsy

22 said...

When God is in the act of creating, all things are beautiful in their finished appeal. This is truly a piece of art to be cherished for a lifetime of service for the young man receiving it. Wonderfully done both of you. I know how it feels to give over such a piece. It's like sending a child into the world. Wonderfully done both of you.

Hugs and love
Tammy... who is coming up on the mend... I hope.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh Gypsy......I am SOOOOOOOO with you on heading for Naw'Lins.
NOW.
RIGHT NOW.

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Tammy,

Yes, it is like sending a child out into the world. But in a good way!!!
Hope you're feeling better!
Take care....

XXOO!!
Anne

Deborah said...

Oh Anne, it is fantastic! You and Tristan make a great team. What an incredible gift and start of a Priesthood. Even if it is upside down. HA! Looks right to me!
**blows kisses** Deb

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Deb, My whole LIFE is upside down and backwards, so I guess it means everything is *okay*!!!
Was fun seeing how others *saw* the piece.....I always enjoy that part. I have such a narrow vision of something that input and feedback is always good.
We just were on a short schedule!

XXOO!!
Anne

Ces said...

Holly Bargello! Thos is beautiful!!!

Oh Anne, I am sad at what you wrote on my blog. I hope you will soon be speaking to each other lovingly and gently. Happy anniversary nevertheless, I don't know. I just think that ir should be happy. Life is so short and most of it is spent struggling. Hang in there Anne. TSUP!

Ces said...

Aaaw! Oh, oh Anne... I will come up with something smart and wise but right now, just aaaw! Oh honey, I am sorry, your feelings are hurt. I can't stand discord. Something good has to happen soon.

Ces said...

Oh God Anne, you just made me laugh on top of these tears. You will be okay.

Deborah said...

Beautiful Mz. Anne I have returned to give you more LoVe ♥ after reading on Ces' blog. I am also sending SPC Ryan to whip DH into shape! DH is gonna get a good smokin, Army style! Now pick up a glass of bubbly and I'll join in toasting one mighty fine lady!
**kisskiss** Deb

Ces said...

I had to think of the visual!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Leave it to blog girlfriends to know JUST what to say to perk things up! LOL!!!
Am sitting looking like the wicked witch of the west, wet straggly hair, old clothes, snarfing down a double quarter pounder and fries.
Life is looking MUCH BETTER!!!

I LOVE Y'ALL!!!

XXOO!!
Anne

Christine's Beadworks said...

Anne,
I don't know what I enjoyed more, the visuals of this fabulous piece, your writing, or all the comments from your friends which made me smile. I would not have had the guts to cut into this quilt. It's gorgeous and I hope the young man feels like a prince wearing it.

marianne said...

that is absolutely beautiful- what a fabulous gift, made with such care! i bet that the recipient will treasure it for a long time. thanks for sharing the story- and hope you're healing up well-

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Christine,

Normally I have *no fear* cutting things....this was different. It was a case of "YES! FEAR!" but I just took a deep breath and hacked into it anyway.
After making sur it was all straight...on the bargello stripes!
And it was FUN!

XXOO!!
Anne

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi MArianne--

I heard the yong man loved it; we've begged pics, and I am doing okay. I see the surgeon today so I guess I will know for sure how I'm doing and what is going on. Cam ambulate better, have a little more energy each day.....not up to the speed of The Flash yet...LOL!!!
I keep reminding myself....time, it's only been about 6 weeks. :)

XXOO!!
Anne

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