Thursday, December 3, 2015

- Let your light shine

Oh my goodness ... I just looked through my photos and realized how much I have yet to post! First off, an addendum to the last post, in which I neglected to show a backlit version ...

Note: I've also started to stitch months next to the rainfall totals

and the B-side...


It warmed my heart when three-year-old Griffin looked at the cloth Land of Flood and Drought and said, "It's beautiful. It looks like the blocks PopPop made for me." Here's a picture of that as a work in progress ...


and in its final form ...

Not the best lighting

The colors are a bit truer in this close-up, which shows Griffin inserting the removable orange G block (his favorite color, which you would expect from a kid growing up in longhorn territory) ...


I also have gotten permission from Maura Ambrose to post pictures of her work, so I'll be writing a follow-up about her natural dyeing workshop soon.

But for now, here's a picture of Spike, our unicorn deer neighbor ...


He's not saying how that happened ...

14 comments:

Dana said...

I love the backlit version....it looks like an enlargement of a snakeskin. Griffin is right to notice the similarities between the rain cloth and his blocks...you and Don so often seem to be on sympathetic paths. It will be interesting to see if Spike is lopsided next year. We had a young buck here with yearly disparities between his antlers.

Liz Ackert said...

Well, that sympathetic path is more than a little influenced by our concurrent reading of the KINDRED SPIRIT blogs to the right ... yours included!
As for Spike, it's possible he got himself into a rumble with a more experienced buck. Another possibility is that he pushed too hard on one of the many agaves and daggers that have been shredded by itchy bucks this past month. It didn't occur to me that the problem could recur next year, so it will be interesting to keep an eye out for him in the future.

jude said...

have always loved the stained glass effect of backlit patchwork

handstories said...

I love how both of your makings are tied to your surroundings, and each other.

Liz Ackert said...

It's enough to make me want to use this cloth as a window hanging ...

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... me, too

Mo Crow said...

love the colours!

Liz Ackert said...

Don has become quite adept at mixing milk paint to good effect!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i wish you would.....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

and the blocks, tell more about them

Liz Ackert said...

Anything's possible ... I haven't known where I was headed with this from the beginning

Liz Ackert said...

Don has been following Jude at Spirit Cloth for a while now ... these are his take on nine-patch blocks, which he cuts from 2x2 cedar in various heights from 1-3 centimeters. He then paints them with milk paint and attaches them to a wood base (or in the case of the Boot for the Blanco, to a metal base). The latest one was commissioned by daughter Meg (Griffin's mom), to hang in G's new bedroom. When Meliss comes to visit, I'm sure that two more will be commissioned for Jackson and Jace's rooms in St. Louis, and I've already requested one for the blank space on the wall above our television. Lucky us!

Marti said...

Patching connections: your patchwork cloth speaking of the land and the elements and I have to say Liz held up to the light, is breathtakingly beautiful. Equally Don's wood patchwork sends a little tug at the heart, the removable grandson initial is one of those melting moments.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Marti ... as you well know, connections to land and family are most precious to us. We are fortunate to have found ways to "real-ize" them.