Sunday, March 12, 2017

By the light of the silvery moon ...

Addendum: Link to peace pin arrival here ...
https://itscrowtime.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/manly-artists-book-award-2017

Or not ... as the sky is full of clouds here in the Hill Country. But still, as I stitched the first three peace pins, I thought of Mo in Australia who gets to see the full moon first ...


Hers is the indigo dyed linen back stitched and wrapped with pale silvery thread.

The green halo of Marti's pin was dyed with red onion on linen and split back stitched in variegated green. 

And as Grace requested, her pin was "dyed" with rust.

The flip sides ...


reveal an indigo shibori for Mo, 

blanket flower dyed cotton made with my granddaughter on the Outer Banks for Marti, 

and the tiniest split back stitches I could manage for Grace in a floss named desert rose on prairie tea dyed linen with a Saxon blue dye extract overlay.

As I stitched each pin, I repeated the words "imagine peace" over and over in my mind. It was a soothing mantra and I look forward to repeating it many more times over the coming days.

Thanks to each of you who left words of peace ... for your presence here, for your patience as this process unfolds, and for the community we share.

19 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the community we share, yes. so much yes.

Liz A said...

Grace -

So many of us have you and yours in our thoughts.

Marti said...

I could not have imagined a more special cloth pin Liz; the green stitching, showcasing "Imagine Peace" so beautifully done. I'm quite moved to know that grandmother and granddaughter had a hand in this, thank you Liz and Logan. I cannot wait to especially share this with my granddaughter. We will all be together, Rowie, her brother Spence, their parents, my daughter Erika and son-in-law Adrian,in June for a family vacation in Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park and then a few days here in New Mexico.

Mo Crow said...

(((Liz)))
namaste

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

There is a feeling of peace here. A feeling of serene space. A knowledge that your words run softly through your mind as your fingers gently touch the keyboard. And a feeling of being part of a community.
Much Love
Carol

Dana said...

These are each so simple, yet so full. Beautiful, Liz.

Hunter said...

What special pins. I, too, love to put a special thought into each stitch. I believe with all my heart that a finished piece reveals the attitude and intent of the maker.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Hunter

Liz A said...

Grace, Marti, and Mo ... your pins are headed to the post office today

Carol - I do hope you will send your mailing address to lizackert@gmail.com so I can send you a pin, too

Dana - "Grace in all simplicity" Shakespeare

Hunter - "The intent of the maker" ... thank you for this thought

deemallon said...

The positive rendered real. So powerful in this climate of despair and divisive craziness. In a funny way, your pins remind me of Charleston quilt -- squares made with someone in mind, with love.

Liz A said...

Dee -

Hearts for Charleston has been very much on my mind ... indeed, I find myself slowed by the consideration of which fabrics to use for each person, in no hurry to "get it done." Rather, my motivation is to get it done right.

In a lovely bit of synchronicity, I asked my local postal person how best to mail Mo's pin. She suggested a "global" stamp rather than the generic printed strip. Wonder of wonders, the global stamp turned out to be a moon ... and round! Who knew?

Vicky aka Stichr said...

I of course had to see the Moon stamp for myself!

Sue McQ said...

Liz,
These are truly little gems which the recipients will treasure. Treasure as I do of the little gem you gifted me back in December when we lunched in TX. Blessings.

Liz A said...

Vicky - I'm glad I went to a different post office where they were more than happy to offer me an alternative to the printed postage strip.

Liz A said...

Sue -

That lunch was so much fun ... and the idea for making the peace pins grew from it!

Likewise, your quilts will be family treasures ... I gave the baby's doll quilt to my daughter this evening. Now all we need is a baby and a doll.

Nancy said...

Truly lovely. So heartfelt.
xoNancy

Marti said...

Coming through the airwaves today, this day of the wearing of the Green, my Imagine Peace cloth pin has arrived and it is more than I imagined. A tiny soft green cloth, the stitched green letters huge with meaning, caring, creativity, skill and most of all, Spirit that is so strongly felt. These works of love that Liz is making hold connection as well and in these times, we all need to feel the unity of love and peace. Thank you Liz.

Liz A said...

Nancy - Thank you ... so glad you came by

Marti - What perfect timing ... wish I could say I planned it that way. As always, your words are their own gift. Thank you.

Barry said...

LA - what exquisite pieces of art your peace pins are. So beautifully created; and so filled with meaning. I think your stitching is somewhat akin to my hammering to make peace leaves. With each stroke one can add a little peace energy into the metal; or as in your case stitch energy into the peace pins. This is a beautiful thing you have done. May the ripples of peace flow from what you have done and what folk can quietly wear and also ponder. Go well in peace. B

Liz A said...

Barry -

Thank you for this ... the kinship of hammered metal and stitched cloth may not be obvious, but rings true.

And as I went back to gaze again at the hammered bowl in your recent post, I saw "imagine peace" in your blog side-bar. I was humbled by your inclusion of my blog in those you follow, but then realized it is yet another pebble in the pond sending out yet more ripples. If I had any doubts about featuring each pin as it is made (and I have been having that internal conversation), I now realize that is exactly what I should do.