Sunday, August 25, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching


Welcome to the weekly hand stitching party! I don't have much of a stitching update to show, since I'm still slowly hand quilting my Friendship Album sampler.

But I wanted to share some hand made glass treasures that I found on a recent trip to Montreal.
The Sun
First is a blown glass sculpture called The Sun at the Museum of Fine Art in Montreal. It has over 1,500 pieces and weighs over 2,000 kgs! And when they put it away for the winter, all the components go into 134 boxes! And then in the spring, they take out all the boxes and reconstruct the sculpture. Can you even imagine the magnitude of that hand work?!?!


The second type of hand work that captured my interest was mosaic tiles on cemetery headstones. One of my friends is very interested in old headstones so we spent time at the Notre Dame des Neiges cemetery. It was so lovely and peaceful, with bike and walking paths. 


I thought I would spend time hand stitching but I became captured by the amazing tile work I found. Imagine these artists picking up every little piece of tile (like we do scraps of fabric or bits of wool or beads) and placing it into the mosaic in just the right place to create the image. It fascinated me.

Just look at this one. In the background alone were multiple intricate images created with tiny pieces of glass and stone tiles. And the gold work was also unbelievable in this piece. I just couldn't stop looking at this and wish I had the time and resources to fully research these amazing works of art... that have NO NAMES on them! Don't you wonder who made these amazing works of art?

And now it's back to reality and my own hand work project. There will be no glass work for me, just my needles and thread!
So what are you hand stitching today?
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16 comments:

Jill said...

Pretty colors in Friendship Album block. The glass sculpture must be famous. I'd be a wreck handling it. Artistic mosaics. Thanks for sharing.

CathieJ said...

Those headstone mosaics are beautiful. Your comment on the artists being nameless though is a reminder for us to always sign what we do as someone may wonder someday.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love those mosaics they are so pretty

gailss said...

Beautiful works of art and very interesting.....never have seen in a headstone before.

Design Originals by KC said...

I have a fabric mosaic I need to work on today... your mosaic tile artworks are truly inspirational.... as is that sun... how can they put all those pieces in just 134 boxes for storage too!!! And then remember how to put them all back as the author of the artwork intended!!!!
Thanks for the LINKY! Have a great week... Kathi

Susie Q said...

Loved seeing Chihuly's The Sun. I have seen many of his installations around the country - usually in gardens. This single piece draws focus in a different way.

Chris said...

I have a crazy artist cousin in Poland who makes these things. He makes stain glass windows for churches in the country.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those mosaic headstones are amazing - so intricate! Thanks for sharing them, Kathy!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

My only handwork this week is putting hanging sleeves on two quilts, and working on putting little labels on a couple of table runners for the fair. The Sun looks like a Chihuly piece.

Karrin Hurd said...

Love those mosaics, they are gorgeous! And The Sun is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!

Barbara said...

Gorgeous mosaics. Yes, I'm always amazed at the artistry with no credit to the artisans who did it.

Sarah said...

The glass sun is very beautiful as are the mosaics! Isn't it a shame the artist is unknown. It does make me realise how important it is to label my quilts.

Birthe Marie said...

So nice block and beautiful fabrics you used. The mosaic art is amazing, and so is the glass sun. :-)

Miaismine said...

Thank you for sharing such inspirational pictures! I played with the idea of working with tiles....then went quickly back to fiber arts! It is so lovely though! Your quilted hand pieced quilt will be lovely I'm sure!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Kathy thanks for sharing that art work. I'm going to see some art in Montreal at the end of the week and will look for The Sun. It really is stunning!

Angie in SoCal said...

I love those mosaics!