Wednesday, July 08, 2009

It's All About the Grout

Hi Knitters,
I am amazed every time at the dramatic change a mosaic piece undergoes after it is grouted. I think it is absolutely all about the grout.
I also think that a mosaic piece can be ruined if the pieces on the surface are not properly buffed out of the grout. The grouting step and the buffing can make or break a project like this. Sloppy grout work is a big no-no. 

I spend so much time on the cleaning up the grout after it has slightly dried on the pot. I take an old hand towel and I buff and buff and buff. One of my goals is to get most all of the edges of the buttons, in this instance, to show. Also, for the buttons I wanted the thread holes to show. I still have some work to do before the buttons are showing in their best light. Buttons have a lot of ridges and whatnot. I think I may go after the button pot with a toothpick to clear away any grout from tight spaces that I can't get with my towel. When I started buffing the pot all of the buttons looked white, you couldn't see any color at all. It is coming along.
Do you see the huge difference the grout made? It looks like a completely different piece. I love the way the grout softens the look of the surface, giving it a dusty sweetness.

I haven't made a mosaic pot for a long while and although I didn't think I was missing it now I am thinking about making more. I simply think the little mosaic garden pot is fantastic. What a gift. This pot was made with a beloved mother's buttons and will be given to her beloved daughter. A pair like this I have never seen before and I am honored to make a handmade gift to share between the two of them.

I know. I'll be back soon with some knitting. I have been knitting lots and I need to share it with you. Soon.

Have a great Wednesday everyone. I hope you are clocking some knitting hours this summer. 
best, susie