Monday, September 25, 2017

Sometimes you've just gotta ...

... say "wow, thank you" to kindred spirits like Gillan
(from Hearts for Charleston) ...



... marvel at dye magicians like Deb Lacativa 
(for Cassini threads and cloth) ...


... and shout ...


"What do we want?
Health care!
When do we want it?
Now!"

loud enough to make it onto the local news 

Although, as often happens, they only got the story half right. I was certainly in front of Senator Cruz's office to demonstrate for a "no" vote on Graham-Cassidy (which Cruz might do ... for all the wrong reasons). But keep my health care the way it is? No thank you at $25k per year, plus $12k deductible!

"ACA ... mend it, don't end it!"

And sometimes you've just gotta stitch how trees might be ... 


as in this study for The Land as the Crow Flies ...


made possible by wild peace floss.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fly away home

A wonderful little boat sailed into my life yesterday ...


a gift from Hazel

The colors took me back to this picture at the Outer Banks, where our oldest and youngest granddaughters met for the first time this past June ...


How did she know?

Hazel wrapped her gift in tie-dyed indigo ...


from which I tore a strip to make a birthday gift for my dear friend Barb in Virginia, stitched with what I have begun to think of as Deb Lacativa's wild peace floss ...


It was a little longer than the pins I've been making, which gave me an idea. What if I signed the inside ...


so the pin can also be worn asemically ...


Hmmm, I think I like it.

So I'm headed to the post office to send more peace pins out into the world ...


Ten to Kristin for the refugees she tutors and has mentioned in comments here. One to Tina in Wisconsin who sent an email request for a pin. One to Deb along with a check for more of her wild peace floss (aka Dirty Threads)

And one to Barb, of course.

Back in July when my once-upon-a-time college roommate came to visit we did lots of the usual tourist-type stuff, visiting a vineyard ...


heading to San Antone (and no, we didn't actually go into the Snake Farm) ...


and listening to music ...


At some point (ha!) along the way, Linda mentioned that her husband John (who didn't make it out to Texas this time) had mentioned wanting a dream catcher for his guitar. 

While she was here, I made her a couple of version 1.0 peace pins ...


But it wasn't until this week that I finally cobbled up a Lone Star version of a dream catcher, complete with Deb's floss and Cascade Trail turkey feathers ...


Now ready to fly away home ...

Friday, September 22, 2017

The tipping point

Dana's word, shown here yesterday, was and is open.

Dana is a lover of words and the words she shared in this post ...

http://ravenandsparrow.typepad.com/raven_and_sparrow/2017/09/imagine-peace.html

speak volumes. And yes, her word is there, at the end.

Read it and read it again. Then vow to answer the call.

Because the world seems to be at a tipping point on this equinoctal day. We need to do all we can to tip it in the right direction ...


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Continuing ... The International Day of Peace

The sun has risen on the Texas Hill Country, the same sun that has already risen and set over The International Day of Peace in Australia, where Fiona Dempster's peace bell rang out ...
https://paperponderings.blogspot.com/2017/09/international-day-of-peace.html

As I often do, I called my congressman this morning (which is to say I talked to his staff), leaving him best wishes on this International Day of Peace and expressing my hope that he will take actions toward securing peace in the days ahead.

My own actions will include stitching more peace pins, like the ones pictured here ...


resting on the back cover of Mo's Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow

As many of you know, the first peace pin flew to Barry Smith in Maleny
http://rustnstuff.blogspot.com/2017/09/imagine-peace-international-peace-day.html
seven months ago ...


It was a response to his call, 
"It's time ... may hope and peace prevail"

Since then, more than 50 peace pins have traveled to six countries and 19 states within the USA ... sent in response to the comments left here.

Those comments are now being stitched into a peace shawl. Some are but a single word, such as this one used with permission from Dana at Raven and Sparrow


Others are phrases, such as this one used with permission from Beth at Still Life Pond


All will eventually be worn asemically ...


in hopes that their outward appearance will trigger questions that lead to conversations about peace.

I intentionally used up the last of the tannin and cochineal dyed linen from the first peace pin. Until now, I had been wanting to "save it." Now I realize "it's time" to let it go, so it can be a part of something bigger.

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N.B. For those of you who share my love of cloth, I commend to your attention the following about tannin and cochineal:

Dana's beautiful series of posts about the tannin-dyed chuppah she created:


And these two articles about the preservation of cochineal dyeing practices: