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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.


Open Studios and new classes listed

Getting ready for Open Studios

Putting the finishing touches on the walls and arranging the shelves for Saturday’s open studios.

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I have framed some hand stitched pieces and they look wonderful!

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The spring classes have been posted to the class tab above. Hand stitching classes are on Tues or Thursdays…Mixed Media classes are on Mon or Fri. Your choice which day.  I’m also doing children’s mixed media art classes on Sat 1-3:00 for ages 6 and up.

 

 


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.”

 


Magical Summer…

July was wonderful…lots of relaxing…between stitching with Jude’s community and painting… A little bit of studio time and knitting class is still going…LOVING my new Gaian Tarot Cards 

A little bit of Summer Reading

This season the garden has been Fabulous!  We enlarged it this year…and I was dedicated to helping it along.  Tender care, sun, and plenty of rain has given us a bounty of flowers and veggies.

Colors are exploding this year!

Earthy green...hot peppers!

Beauty unfolding...magical red

 Now I’m headed outdoors to do more….lounging…Ahhhhhh

poolside magic

 “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” -Marianne Williamson


‘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

     


Star Bright…

Star Bright

 “There are as many different worlds as there are perceivers or Beings or individuals. You are not here to create one world where everyone is the same, wanting and getting the same. You are here to be that which you want to be, while you allow all others to be that which they want to be.”

— Abraham

I’ve done a bit of patching and mending on this cloth. The background has been distressed with inks, paint, coffee, tea, wine, and even a bit of chocolate smudged in.

corner #1

corner #2

corner #3

corner #4

Next…….I will stitch many stitches to give this cloth Life…It’s off to a good start.

Jude’s  Boro Weaving class has come to an end.  Now I will continue to work on the dozen or so pieces that I have started. Some will be put into large bed sized quilts…others will be wall hangings, pillow covers, a jacket and a clutch. I have even started a stuffed beast!

So now that Spring is around the corner…let’s celebrate beginnings…and continuings.

  • We have many layers, may shades, many moods.. fascinating creatures we are, with oceans inside of us and many poems waiting to be awakened from their deep slumbers.

Till next time….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