Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Stitches Piled Atop One Another

Just Three more Crumbs to go.

What to do next year?

I am thinking....
daily stitching again rather than weekly.
It seems more appropriate 
for recording the passage of time.

If it's daily it has to be simple.

I like the continuous scroll of the four years
covered by the Daily Scratchings project.

Hundreds of things catch my eye on our daily walks
including pebbles.
What if I take the outline of a pebble each day
and appliqué it to a six inch square?
Each month of squares would become a wall hanging.

I've even been working out the various ways of
organizing the different months.

But it doesn't seem quite right for me.
I am not a square type person!

Perhaps strips of fabric covered with a pebble a day.


perhaps a larger scroll than the 6" Daily Scratchings
and a simple row of stitch a day.


Whatever else pops into my head!
Still have time.

Monday, 5 December 2016

A Little Scrap of a Tie

Wrapping Christmas presents
left the kitchen table strewn with lovely papers, silvery ribbons, and 
Santa Claus gift tags.
Seemed appropriate to photograph the Crumb against a
Christmas background.
But this week's Crumb does not yet reflect Christmas.
It reflects the Chiku-Chiku work of Japanese artist Akiko Ike
whose work I have been looking at lately.
She uses thick, thick thread in her work.

So this week I chose the thickest threads I could find in my baskets
and then I went to Judy's Journal
to find that she had used thick thread and large stitches
for her beautiful Stumbling Flag quilt.
Quite amazing.

The thread I chose was so very thick it took pliars to pull it through.
Won't do that again in a hurry unless I find some looser weave fabrics.

As I stitched I realized the little scrap of olive green and black tie
was well over twenty years old.
It took me back.....

....back to the early nineties when I made
 bears covered from head to foot in embroidery.
This, the first one I ever made was called
Woodland Bear.

And this glamorous girl was called
Bajan Bear

Those were the days when everything had to have a bit of glitz...

Silk ribbon and shiny beads


and flowers galore.
Not a toy, but
I might have to make one for the baby-grand when she is older!

 Hope your Christmas preparations are going swimmingly.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Working the Beginnings of Two Pieces

On a beautiful piece of onion skin dyed silk noil
I have begun wrapping around some tucks.

I think they will be trees
on a piece honouring the totem tree the local woodpeckers
have created across the pond.
I look at it every day as I stitch in the studio.
When the tree died
a heron used to sit atop it
keeping an eye on the Rusty Pups.

This is an old photo of just one pecked hole
but today all that bark has gone.

Another rock piece
is up on the wall
for me to test what thread colours to use.

No, no, no
Those stitches just won't do.
Wrong colours
Wrong stitches.
They will all come out.
Always have a few false starts before I get into the flow pf a piece.
Taking time to consider the options is important to me at this stage.

I have to say I am a bit nervous over the puffiness
of using a quilt batt for the first time in years.
Not nervous about stitching it
Nervous that I won't be happy with the effect
of dimpled stitches.
But I am committed.... I think.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Fallstreak Cloud Formation

As we walked the dyke one Sunday afternoon
this cloud formation was right overhead.
I have never seen anything like this
but Bonnie Baker, a local artist,
also spied it and knew it's name.
A Fallstream Cloud Formation.

What tickles me pink 
is that it also has a cross going through it
and for me this year is the year of the cruciform.

So now my aim is to stitch that amazing sky
onto this soft grey
cotton dyed in tea and rust.
Perhaps an indigo would be more appropriate
but I don't often do blue.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Sunday Afternoon Walking Rusty Pups

We all love walking in this place
where not only trees tower above us.

Moss covered rock giants

grow between the trees.

Rocks crowd along the river's edge
trying to contain rushing waters.

But the river manages to break it's banks when the Springtime
melt comes.

The Rusty Pups love this place.

When they were younger they would rush through the trees
following every scent and noise.
Now they are content to lead the way along the paths
and rest every now and then waiting for us
 two legged members of the pack to catch up.

The sun was very bright that day

and low in the afternoon sky
making for long shadows across the path.

Huge grey rocks...

....looking a bit like elephants taking a dip.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Crumb for Week 48

Just four more weeks left.
2016 will soon be history
Can hardly believe it.

I've been looking back over the year
and find that some Crumbs just don't have enough stitches on them!
I think I will have to rectify that.

This month not only do Diane and I have a show at Sissiboo
but we also have our Community Art Centre Member's show
So I was a bit short of work
and decided to quickly frame a few Crumbs.
As a result I have decided to collect 52 old photo frames
of various sizes
remove the glass
respray them
use them to frame my 2016 Crumbs 
and show them as a grouping in one of next year's shows.

Monday, 28 November 2016

A Show Called Recording Nature

Diane and I have a show on at the moment in Bear River
A show called Recording Nature
Deb at The Lucky Rabbit Pottery
Kindly donated a beautiful turtle platter,
a huge vase and tiles
proceeds of which will go to 
diane's passion
'Species at Risk'.
Erin and Jon's Sissiboo Cafe is a great place for a show with
long clean walls
and the best Latte's anywhere!

Today is Diane's Birthday
So I thought I would show her work.
These hooked rugs of just some of the species at risk
were designed by her and her daughter.
Again all proceeds go to that cause.

Diane's own work for this show
is all about the Blanding Turtles project.
That top piece maps the area in the turtle study.
The Bottom one represents the
protective coverings they place over any eggs
the moment they are laid.

This piece of Diane's represents the walk
they take searching in the known
places for turtle activity.

If you can enlarge this photo you will see
bits of a turtle skeleton and shell.

 Another of Diane's pieces
It is lichen
and lovely suggestions of woodland behind it.

And Finally Diane's trees.

My work in the show stretched along a 26 foot wall.

I called this piece "Resting" but I think I want to change that to
"Resting Between the Shadows"
"Resting Between Night and Day".

So many thanks for all of you who came and made the opening vibrant.
I met so many interesting and creative people.

Happy Birthday Diane!