Friday, June 26, 2015

- Composting

This post is dedicated to Mo and Grace, who I first "met" last year when we were all taking Jude Hill's online course Considering Weave.

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We returned home from our week at the Outer  Banks to find our compost rows considerably diminished in height ...


25 inches of rain in less than two months probably helped, but the fact is that waiting twelve months for nature to do her thing didn't hurt either. Of course, it's not all decomposition as the cacti are determined to make a stand ...


but they are falling before the shovel as I turn over the rows ...

revealing the rich vegetal rot within ...

Compost was a subject that Grace and I pursued at some length last year,
culminating in the arrival of Underlying Order at Cascade Trail

Meanwhile, some newcomers remain undisturbed ...

Dayflower aka Widow's Tears

Antelope horns aka Milkweed (you can never have too many)

Texas Persimmon (I'm watching this closely to add to next month's dye pot)

I've also been plucking the last of the burgundy petals from the Mexican hats (aka Thimble flower or Prairie coneflower) in preparation for adding more blue to these nine bits of cloth ...


The bundles are destined to become a part of Dee Mallon's Hearts for Charleston, to which Mo is also contributing.

And while I wait for blue dye to happen, I'm continuing with the Austin skyline, first posted here. One building down and seven (maybe eight) to go. This is the side I'm stitching on, using the weave of the linen as a guide ...

A-side destined to become the B-side

But ultimately it is the back that will become the front, as the stitches marry with the dyed cloth strips to create a less formal union ...

B-side destined to become the A-side

At least that's the plan. I'm not sure I'm being clear on this, but it should become more apparent as each new building makes an appearance.

7 comments:

Mo Crow said...

your skyline cloth is stunning Liz and the Widow's Tears is such a beautiful blue!

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Mo ... and I just realized as I scrolled down, that the milkweed seeds are heart-shaped.

Mo Crow said...

it is!

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

lovely cloth (as previously stated) loving the whole -b side technique; how absolutely wonderful you have cacti growing out of your compost

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... I have to say that I've been thinking of your recent shirt dyeing as I work my compost rows. Am considering what to use from the current crop of wildflowers

deemallon said...

I love the puffy-seed heart!

Liz Ackert said...

Me, too ... such whimsy!