Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Frayed and Jagged Crumb for Week 29


Everyone has weeks in the year that are more difficult than others.


Weeks of Jarred irregular stitches


Frayed edges


And somber moods.

Monday, 25 July 2016

A Summer Green Crumb for Week 28


Woven summery green


And always beneath everything that grows in our garden
the pebbles.


Some silk crosses marking meeting places in the garden.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Shadow Hands


I have also been working on another piece.
Lots od couching and cretan stitch
running away from a gathering of graffiti.


The sun was bright
my hands kept getting in the way
so why not have some fun!


In there I intend adding
something
but what is not quite clear to me yet.


Stitching spontaneous graffiti-like squiggles
is a favourite of mine.

"From the manner in which a woman draws her thread at every stitch of her needlework, any other woman can surmise her thoughts."
Honore de Balzac

Monday, 11 July 2016

An Anniversary Crumb


Since we both forgot to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary this week
I thought I had better stitch it into
this week's Crumb from the Cutting Room Floor!


The cream cloth was once my white wedding dress.
In the nineties I tore my precious dress apart
and since then a scrap of it has appeared in much of my work.
My dress was made by my grandmother, Robin and my mother, Ray.
I love that the overcast stitch on the left
and the seam on the bottom
are still there
to include them in this small piece.


Week 27 done
For those who weren't here at the beginning of the year
I am doing one of these for every week of 2016.
The size is 4 1/4" x 6".
Because they are made up of scraps
and for that reason I call them
"Crumbs from the Cutting Room Floor"!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Two Little Treats


Do you see him?
His mother had just crowd the road
and as we crept forward hoping to catch another
glimpse of her
this little head popped up!
Of course it popped right back down again 
when he spied us.
But we decided to stay put and wait.


Eventually he grew brave enough
to make another attempt.
So tiny
so healthy looking.


Then all of a sudden there were two!
A precious moment.

My second treat of the day...
...that morning I had to stop 
for two tiny spotted fawns to cross
another road and join their mother.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

It's That Time of Year


I am cooking up black Walnuts
and fighting off the squirrels
who consider them a great delicacy.
Hanging on the bird feeder to dry are
an old doily
some overdid pink linen
and cheesecloth.
I like to remember to put in a piece of cheesecloth
in my dye pots
because I often stitch it to the back of my work
so that people can just get a glimpse of the 
stitching on the reverse.


Diane and I have also been pressing leaves
and steaming them amidst bundles of papers.
This one...a bit yellow for me
but love the blue curve.
I tried to keep notes but can't remember!


Now, this sheet is my course!
Love it.


I remember the tiny leaves were blueberry leaves.


Do you see the Maple keys?
Nice clear prints of them and the Japanese Maple Leaf.