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And the stippling style from my old illustrations has obvious use here. Maybe even more now, since I have been unrolling, noticing how this drawing style crept in. I think Thread Beads grew from this habit.
So to continue...
Some of the stitching I began when the class was running,below....
I did quite a few of these. The stippling was a combination of thread beads and tiny random back stitches.
I am making new ones now. I want to stay with this for a while. Below, a few of the originals.
I also brought back an old photo of one of the first spirit cloths I made as a gift for a newborn baby, because I have fond memories making it . And because it is very sun moon stars. And because I used the above drawing as inspiration for all the little things that were floating in space. The rays of the sun gave them some purpose and order. But I did not use the stipple here. Mostly because by the time I would have been getting to it, the baby was being born. Now that I have a bit of time on my hands, I am looking again, thinking that all the little things themselves are a kind of stippling , yes?
This is the center of the quilt. I did not take the photo. Around the sun it says: With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. Which is a Chinese proverb.
Another reference, the shirt I made for my son. 1978. Before I named them thread beads and wrap stitch.
So today again considering little things floating in space. Some Galaxy Storming for later.
Just wanted to say hi, off to do some errands. But this just happened and it was so simple. How the moon became a sun by layering it with a bit of star stitching. Just a running stitch. Photo shot while wearing a headlamp, it is so sunless here today. But not anymore. Gotta go, see ya.
Yesterday wood was stacked and we worked very hard.
I slept late and I feel lazy. It rained for a while and the sun came out and lit up the patch of tall fire grass in the front yard. And it became like a sun itself.
I just did it again. Without looking at the previous storming. Simple starting. It felt a bit like grade school.
I came away with a few things.
I stayed with little doodles. Not compositions just simple pictures. Little symbols. And I wrote in script, so I could feel the writing part. The connecting. And I realized it has been a while since I wrote in script. It even felt awkward. Like grade school. I made a note to self about that. How it has almost gone out of style to write. I'll do it more. PDF
I think the radiating is the most common way sun is symbolized. This is good. Because I associate sun with center. And I can develop this imagery along side an on going theme I have for holding center and vibrating outward. Yes. I have not connected sun to that before.
When I first ran this class it was more about composing work using sun moon and stars as a theme. I am thinking now, as I gather ideas once again that it might be a bit different for me this time. At least as I begin. I might just explore the ideas in some sort of sampler format. In some basic way. At this point I have a renewed interest in the language of personal symbols. How they are components of creative voice.
It was too hot to sleep. So we didn't. I did laundry and took some sweaty naps.
Last night the expected rain did not fall. So, although it's a jungle out there, I need to give water.
One zinnia this year. I planted them in memory of Mom. The birds most often snip off the seedlings. But one. One wet zinnia.
I left lots of tomatoes hanging. I could rescue them but the birds are thirsty by mid day. We have plenty. And they are huge.
And look at the color from the rambutan. Who knew? From just the heat of the sun. And rainwater. Little dyed bits like this are just enough for me. Like a few tomatoes and a zinnia. I'm lucky like that.
Two days of no dairy and Tumeric extract in water 5 times a day and wearing the thumb wrap at night and poof my joint is good to go today. But it's to hot to go much so maybe a little more floating.
I am smiling because I am happy to celebrate with him.
He is smiling because he is younger than me.
No gifts. Just smiling. He likes it that way.
I used one of the Pairings waiting for stitch on the wall, just to illustrate the fact that I think (a note to self) it is just grand that after all these years we might still be smiling. And that's enough.
Tomorrow is July. And I will be back to stitching and sharing and not just imagining.