woensdag 21 juni 2017

summer solstice

We're right here
on a hot first day of summer.

Right time and right temperature
for my little
Solstice piece

Summer Solstice 2017


It has a hot whirling center

in soft rainbow colours.

The cross hairs started as just a thin black line
in checkered fabric that I wove for the center.
Next I extended that line with dark stitch,
Then stitched my "magic thread" 
perpendicular of that first line.
At some places there's tulle on top.

Happy Solstice !
(either summer or winter)


dinsdag 20 juni 2017

so privileged !

I feel very privileged
that I can call myself the owner
of this beautiful textile work of art !

An original MOLA

I am sooooo happy with it !

Mola's are made by the Kuna Indians
which live on small islands off the coast of Panama.
The women make two, with related images,
for the front and back of their blouse.
They get their inspiration from their own culture (like this one)
but also from any other image they come across and like.
Even political ones, floral or animal pictures,
but also geometrical patterns.

This mola is about the INNA ritual : a puberty ritual for girls
cutting their hair to the short way the grown women wear.
A three-day feast (where everyone wears a new mola-blouse) 
with lots of "chicha" made out of fermented cane suger
with lots of rum !
Here the chicha is brought for testing to the two "Kantules",
judges and masters of ceremonie, who sing about the history
of the  INNA feast

It's a kind of reverse appliqué with three layers of cotton
cutting out images of the top layer,
adding extra colours underneath
and stitched with the tiniest of stitches.

Smoking a pipe while preparing the chicha.
(you can compare the size with my fingers)
Such amazing tiny and precise stitches !!!

The back of it.

We not only purchased one
but also one for our daughter !

A man and woman gathering fruits in the jungle.
The figure in the middle is the spirit
that guards the tree.

Some details.

(No need to say daughter LOVES hers too)

A Dutch lady, Els Mommers, who lives on the small Caribbean island Saba,
has visited the Kuna Indians for almost 25 years
and buys the molas from them, so the women
can earn an honest living with their Craft.
(please check out her blog to see these wonderful works of art)


zondag 18 juni 2017

nearly midsummer

Sometimes time rushes by
and I don't really notice
what date it is
(being retired does that to you)
But now I have started a small piece (15cm x 15cm)
for Summer  Solstice.

The weather is very warm right now
so why not take colours that match that !

Of course I started with
"glue-stitching" it all together,
so no nasty pins that catch your thread
when you start stitching !

In my stash was something a St'nB-friend gave me

It's the finest batiste
and believe it or not :

this is definitely hand stitched !!!

It's so hot right now
that the garden isn't the right place to do the stitching.
The sunshade down, the garden door closed,
to keep the heat from getting inside,
hmmmmmm ... that's better !

*

Here's the "Sweet Sunrise" piece of some days ago,
finished but not yet mounted on a canvas.


(I think the crochet is a bit from my Australian friend Jacky)

Love how the thick bundles of stitches work ...

A few weeks ago it was
"fish" time
See for yourself !


But not only for me,
also for Man who started drawing himself !
Around the drawings of his favorite colouring book
(always thought he couldn't ...)


Isn't that FUN !

donderdag 15 juni 2017

stitching in the garden

The fun of the warm weather these last few days
is sitting in a bit of shade in the garden
...
and stitching.

A piece that was in my hands quite some time ago
nears completion now.


"Sweet Sunrise"
*
Stitching. but also
working in the garden from time to time
...

I took out all of the Allium roseum stems
I have enough of them
and don't want MORE little bulbs to fall of the old flower heads !


But I saved the bulbs that came out while pulling the stems

I'll send them on to friends !
(with a secure warning about the behavior of Allium roseum :
they spread like mad   ;-)  !)

But the Alliums have been followed up already

by lots of others

by small ones or tall ones !

all kinds of shapes !

old and new goes together quite well !

a new Drumstick Allium in a week, 
new bluebells in years to come !

small and even tiny
(but I don't want these micro moss "palm trees")


A garden is such a joy !!!

woensdag 31 mei 2017

last May day ...

What a wonderful garden-month it was.
One kind of flowers succeeding the next.
Lots of colours.

Ornithogalum magnum.






And in the water :
tiny white ships, huddled together for safety.


That wonderful water tank I bought for spraying
big felting projects, was fun to play with
in the sunny garden too :

not helping with felting this time,
but watering the plants ...
*

I'm still working for the market on next Monday
(Pentecost) in Ouwerkerk  (Zeeland)

The necklaces are slowly emerging
out of all the different elements that are gathered on the table.
Lots of choices to be made, colours to combine ...

Will it be like that ?

No ... like this !

There was some funny fabric for ages 
(yes, at least 35 years ...) in my stash
that caught my eye :

it would be just suited for little "project-bags"

like this.

just big enough for a 100 grams ball, for new socks (?) 
Even a sock needles-safety-pouch could fit in.
Even a loop to hang it on your chair or arm !
HA !
No cat would find and play with your precious yarn !!!


Hope to see some of you on Monday
in Ouwerkerk !

Bigger even than last year
and we're hoping for the same sunny weather !
(free entrance !)