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15 Years Later…

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I have hung my daughter’s wedding gown in the gallery to honor her 15th anniversary. This dress was remade from her 2 Grandmothers gowns. The satin was my Mom’s and the Irish Lace was my husbands mothers.

We did many fittings, added a bit here and a bit there. I added all the beading and lace design work…and I can remember working on this gown for months! Each piece Hand-stitched with anticipation of my daughter’s wedding day. It was truly an amazing moment watching her walk down the aisle in a dress with so many special moments and memories stitched into it.

Her two daughters came to see it and they both exclaimed that they wanted to wear that dress someday…time will tell!

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Spinning Silk

I spent the morning working with Silk. I had come across some dyed silk in hankie form.

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I separated the layers and drafted them.

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The spinning went quite well and I found myself getting a rhythm. I now have quite a bit on the spool. I like how the color intensified.

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Next I need to decide what to ply it with….silk, merino, cotton?? I’ll sample some up later this week and see what I like best.

I came home from guild with a bag of llama in this beautiful chestnut brown color. It will need a lot of attention to get it spinnable.

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I’ve never spun this raw fiber before. I’m curious how it handles. I’ll let you know.


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Birthing Goddess–Handstitched on cotton & linen turquoise and copper embellishments.

Birthing Goddess--Handstitched on cotton & linen turquoise and copper embellishments.

Happy Mothers Day to all you beautiful women who are Moms to people, animals, ideas and adventures! May you enjoy all the Blessings that Life has to offer.


Weaving my Way into Spring

This has been a season of change for me. I have expanded my studio and have been able to add some new classes. Hand stitching and mixed media have been popular and I’m enjoying teaching both.

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I have also been weaving with some of my handspun yarns and can feel the energy rising! It is calling me in a deep, ancestral way!

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Beginning… Again.

 

 

 

I’ve been busy all along working on many creative things!

 

It was nice to have a break from blogging but it’s time to start again. So here I am continuing my work on the Diaries Cloth.  I’ve had the pleasure of joining a wonderful group of gals  over at Jude’s .  We have been stitching slowly and enjoying the group energy!

                                                                                                                                

 I’ve used it a few times as a meditation cloth…it has a wonderful, calm energy.

  

Who knows…it may end up as a Kimona that I’ll wear!

This was an old, white linen shirt that I acquired somewhere (?) . It was calling out for a makeover so I tied up a few areas into little bundles and gave it a dip in the dye-p0t.

 

  I put these threads into a walnut dyepot to tone down the brightness in them.

 

 I have also moved my studio this past season so things have been a bit topsy turvy around here. 

 

 


Mother Earth in Stitch…

I have finished working on the bag to hold my new Gaian Tarot Cards. The stitches seemed to fly onto the cloth…no thought involved…no decisions to make…just stitching.   

This is the perfect size to carry around.

The moon was a discharge done in Sun, Moon and Stars.  I put a bit of cotton fill to give it a Puff effect. 

Now I’m stitching a tie to use as a draw-string and that will finish it off!

 

“Everything is the result of something else. To have, what you have not; you must do, what you do not.”

 


‘Starbright’…Continuing

 

Time for finishing up  projects… getting them ready for the gallery show this month.
Starbright Cloth still in progress

I have been working on this cloth steadily. It has many, many hours of stitching time…but all very relaxing.

A Corner...

Another Corner

 

A little heart found it's way

Isn’t it amazing … some scraps and thread and a little bit of dreaming … Starbright!  

 

“Only from the heart
Can you touch the sky.”
Rumi


Transforming…

 

    ‘Take what shows up on your plate

    and transform it until it feeds you.’

     

    — Ram Dass

     

    Spring is not too far away and the snow has melted…the days are getting longer…and people are coming out into the light and smiling more. Our surroundings are being transformed.

     

    Doing a bit of transforming on the Clara Cloth . 

    My 'Eye's of March'

     Jude’s eyes have inspired me to put an eye in this…maybe a portal from another time?

     

    I love hand washing…and rack drying. The studio is so dry these days that they dry in no time. These little bits of colored cloth will be transformed into something FUN to wear..       

    Washed and Drying

    I’m thinking, a short kimono style jacket, inspired by this one that I knit about 10 years ago.  

    Knitted Log Cabin Jacket

    Enjoy this time of transformation…..Shishi

     


Walking through the “Rusty Garden”

Live close to the earth and clear down to your heart.

The weather is changing…the days are finally getting longer.  A nice day for a walk through the garden…this is what I saw.

Finally seeing Rocks and Grasses

Everything has rusted up nicely!  I’ll be draping cloth on them for some nice staining effects. Some of the gals in my Boro Weaving class are into Eco-dying…using nature elements to dye cloth. They are getting great results so I’m going to give it a try.

Rusty Circle Sculpture

 I want to dye some muslin…and put it in the white area of this cloth to give it an old, distressed look.

Star Bright beginning

Once the background is pinned  I can start the stitching. This would look great on a pillow…or the back of a jacket.

Full Boro Moon rising…over House

Since the beginning of the “Contemporary Boro Weaving class” I have been doing this sampler as a way to practice my weaving.  It was going to be just squares…but one day…a house appeared! The roof is made from a silk tie. I still have a lot more stitching to do, but it’s on it’s way.

Weaving Sampler House

Then I made a full moon from blues that I had in my stash.

Full Boro Moon

When I put them together they look like this:

Full Boro Moon over House

That is ONE BIG MOON!   A very small section of a “Human Wrapping Cloth” ….or a “Life Coat”.  Not sure yet what it will become…but that is the fun part of the process. To listen and Do.  Stitch by Stitch

I’m thinking that I’ll probably add many other elements around the house….ones that relate to ‘Life’…..trees, birds, flowers, clouds, beasts, fences…it will evolve. 

“Have nothing in your house that you do not Know to be Useful and believe to be Beautiful”  — William Morris