Sunday, 30 September 2012

Work In Progress

 Unbroken Circle.
The Suffolk Puff came from something I was remaking.  The Blue Square is left over from Mood Indigo (below) because I can't count to 9. The patchwork with the strips inset is from an experiment I made using a technique from a Kathleen Loomis technique. Then there's a bit of "drop cloth"  fabric - used on the table when I dye and print until it's full of colour, then useful in all manner of ways.  Base is hand-dyed muslin, very soft and fragile and airy.. Oh, what fun..
 This is Weaving Blue.  A base, not ready to work on this further, but it feels lovely.  The elephant is in the room..
 Back of the above, showing the stitches.  I love the way these show as a row of spots on the front
 And this is Weaving Rust.  Only part-stitched.
And Mood Indigo.  I have made several pieces like this, more images soon.. Some have decided they need to have Rainbows in them, and some on them, but this one will have Red..

Blessings and Love


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Teaching and Learning

I went to Suffolk, to teach Spirals to a small but keen class on the Shotley Peninsula. 

The Orwell Bridge crosses the river at a great height, sheer and spindly in the sunlight.  Under the bridge, I drive along the estuary, to the skirl of gulls and the glitter of the light around the boats anchored along the shore.  This is England at its most particular and serene; not bucolic, there are boatyards and pylons; in its small and happy way, an island of calm..

I am tired.. My body hurts, and I have much to face soon.. I'm going to bed soon, to sleep.  It's Autumn today, the trees were turning brown and red, and we have put the thick duvet on the bed.. Ah, luxury..

And the chimney is swept, so tomorrow I will light the first fire of Autumn, and sit in front of it..

Sleep well..

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Two Thousand Miles in Two Weeks.. pretty bad for the backside, to say nothing of the energy levels..
Went to Scotland, with my friend Phil, to attend the Drum Dance at Forres.  We had a fantastic time, Phil's first experience of Professional Camping, lots of lovely sunshine (for once this year) and all manner of magic and good company.  And I got to visit my lovely Stella, and see her house and Peace Chamber for the first time..

I was Drumming..

I love the drum, and to sing, and I feel this may be a place I spend much time in over the next few years, but I am rethinking much of my Life and Art and Practice at present.  I have a fairly major hospital stay in a couple of weeks time..  I'm scared, and not keen to take time out, but I am very determined to look after what needs looking after this time, and not just try to ignore the need to slow down, to rest, to be still.. It's hard for one as frenetic as me to stop, but I must..

Meanwhile, I have had little time to sew, and I'm in need of it, so I'm going to do that..
Snailspace.. At Bamburgh Castle

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Mood Indigo

Firstly, I had lots of indigoes, on fine cotton, and muslin.  These need red.  I have stitched with red (not very visible) and I'm going to applique' - still basting, as you can see.  I am drawn,  as always, to trees and leaves, so this will almost certainly have leaves..

I'm off to Scotland overnight tomorrow, to pursue the Spiritual Work that has ehthralled me in recent years, drumming for the Drum Dance..

All this requires much practicality, packing-of-tents, charging-of-batteries, and leaving-tidy stuff..

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