March 14, 2010
"Blue Sweep" in Progress, with Witch's Window
Last night I finished hooking the two part piece Blue Sweep and tacked it up, while still on its linen backing, to take a look. I was happy to see that there actually was some some illusion in the curved forms; they do look bent toward us, don't they? fun. The next step is to sew the binding around each piece, after which I will cut them from the backing so the shapes can float free on the wall.
The scene above is on the second floor of my house, in the room that has become my winter studio. The slanted window is not uncommon in older houses in New England and is called a "Witch's Window"; I've also heard it called a widow's window. Its position allows a window to be placed above an adjoining shed, following its angle, when there isn't room for a vertical window (the lower edge of the window abuts the roof of the shed). This offbeat, off-kilter, opening adds whimsy to my everyday view.