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Finally a post about quilting.....it seems I have so many inspirational sources that sometimes my quilting entries here take a back seat. Here's a piece I made several months ago and finally quilted. It's 28 by 29 inches. Click on it to see the quilting which in my opinion really adds to the piece. I had quilted about a third of it a long time ago, then it languished on the UFO pile for no good reason, except perhaps laziness. Last week I finally finished it, except the binding, and I'm happy with it after all. I forgot my intent in making this piece.....seems I was going for points of light away from the hand dyed color section, I honestly don't recall. Did I ever have a name for it? I don't recall now. Does it hit a note with you? Does it suggest a name to you? Let me know, if so, by posting a comment here or emailing me with your suggestion for a name. I need help on this one!
The labyrinth is much discussed and asked about these days. Where does it come from? Why does it look the way it does? How was it used originally and why would we want to walk it today? Those of us walking it in our yards and bringing it on canvas to others are finding much deeper questions and sacred responses.
After years alone in captivity Shirley is reunited with an elephant she knew 25 years earlier. This short clip presents itself as an elephant reunion, but at it's core lies a deep and beautiful lesson in love. Watch in the first few minutes as Solomon James (Shirley's keeper of 22 years) says goodbye. Those few moments of film capture a depth and meaning of true love that no explanation ever could - truly amazing.
I dug out several hostas in our front garden and found a great place for my sundial. I planted a few perennials and will add more next spring. This is right by our front porch. The sundial reads on top: "Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be." It has been one of my loved garden art pieces I have had for many years. I divided the huge hostas and started 39 plants at the edge of our back woods. Hope some of them thrive!
So I'm taking the plunge to try this woven felted scarf. I'm using a smaller heddle, 12 dent, which requires much finer yarn. Here's the loom warped for the project. The yarn is superfine merino wool....you can see the yarn has one inch spaces between one inch widths of warp yarn. I will be weaving in the same manner....one inch of weaving, then leaving a space of one inch, and so on. This creates holes in the weaving pattern. After it is woven, I will felt it by putting it in hot water which will felt the wool and create a scarf with the open spaces left intact. I hope this works out, so wish me luck! The pattern I'm using and accompanying photo looks great. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.