Today there is rain, welcomed for it's been so dry.
Impressed by the beauty of the day, I went walking early in the damp air.
Raspberries in October. These are new bushes, just maturing. Gifted local cuttings. It seems odd that they are fruiting now. Usually now is the time for pruning. They had small fruit all summer but now, wow. Maybe the birds are confused too. I found them first. Lots more coming. It's a bit warmer so maybe a few pickings. I thought I picked 9 but I picked 10.
Today's nine is really three threes. But looking at that horizontally. A row of (not exactly) blues. A row of (not exactly) greens. A row of (not exactly) browns. Nine as a place, a landscape. I think it has a sense of that.
Today I also placed the PLACE-KEEPER back in my top menu bar. I am in the process of updating, weeding out inactive blogs and broken links. I plan to keep the list more current. Adding folks that interact here and keep a blog going on a regular basis. Thanks for your patience while I update.
Hard to believe we are already moving into November.
The month of October has been a ragged patchwork held together mostly by looking.
Looking. It is a kind of stitching in a way. I like that. The LOOKING STITCH.
Slows you down and undoes expectation, yet it is like making something without the thing in it. Stitching together the in-betweens.
The big old oak that fell during a hurricane a while back, she offered so much in terms of warmth over the last seasons. The wood is gone, but her heart remains. This season the old stump sprouted again.
Grape leaves are so big this season, they are like blankets, now drying and curling. I love to watch them over these transitioning days.
Everywhere I look, scraps of summer. Nature's design mending. Things becoming small, making space for becoming bigger. One letting go to help another hold on. And no hard feelings.
I will spend the day making sure PATCHWORK BEASTS is in order. I am enjoying revisiting all of it. I want to make it open before I consider patchwork in more detail. So I might refer to some old points of view to balance new ones.
ONE. The squirrels got into my acorn walnut dye soup while I was tidying the studio. Ok.
TWO. Still green here with the first hard frost expected tonight. So...
Hung a flag to help things along. Some October color. Old tie dyed silk scrap by Richard Carbin, like only Richard can do. If you need any vintage silk to dye, he's the man.... I met Richard though Glennis. So there you go. He is in Japan. She goes there often for her Silk Study Tours. On occasion you might find some old silk in her shop as well. Some folks were asking about a source for that. You can buy new silk of course but really I would rather support folks trying to make an honest living to support their families. And really there is nothing like old silk. To Dye for.
THREE. I just unrolled this and named it Feel Free. Naming things for me has a lot to do with the moment. I named it something else before, but today it's Feel Free. I started this one during a teaching series, so I will probably be able to find some old videos and stuff.
But right now, some last minute garden rescue is in order. The Man feels fine, I feel free and the camera issue has been resolved.
But now that Feel Free is open, and many outdoor chores have been completed, I think I can finally roll back into going at a more normal pace.
We spent time mulching through the summer's ivy overgrowth and made paths all over the place. So we could wander in between and still let the wild grow. Soul-o is in heaven.
The reaction to my new open teaching has been warm and welcoming. Thank you. I will just do it all openly, including building the resource, not knowing exactly how it will go but trusting it will become. You, as users, might alert me to anything that is not working over there. WE might make it all OK.
With the season's color change beginning I pulled out a few colored moons I made way back, inspired by the shaped resist I learned from Glennis. These are cotton. I use an over-dye technique, the fabric clamped between two quarters to keep the dye from penetrating, leaving the original color of the fabric in the circle part. Dipped in indigo. The reason this is so good for me is because I have so much small colored commercial scrap here. From working in the textile industry. Some of which I like a lot better when there is just a little bit of it showing. And when I made these I was growing my own indigo. So over-dyeing like this, it makes sense for me. If you start with white cloth, you need to dye twice to achieve this. (Not to mention you might have to go buy cloth). I always like the possibility of having a full spectrum to work with.
I have added a COLOR page to Feel Free. And I have begun to gather some of the audios and videos that relate to that. The RAINBOW has always been part of my reasoning when composing with color. There is a category here on the blog for spectrum/rainbow as well.
So there are walnuts and pomegranates soaking, patchwork waiting to be stitched and color on my mind. And I'll roll into it.It seems, really, to me, that this blog is about to become the never ending Diaries series. And passwords have become a thing of the past. One place. One purpose. What a relief.
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Just yesterday I made the comment that there was no real color change here yet.
Obviously the Dogwood didn't change color overnight. Guess I've been busy.
I was out this morning, in a slow drizzle. With the camera. Trying to slow my mind down. The path. Strewn with little bits of color.
In sympathy with that, I finished the detailing on this one. With a full spectrum of berries. THREAD BEADS This one is a gift. That is happening so much lately. Although I didn't get to detail the process on this one, I will have a lot more time here to make others...
I have added a STITCH page to Feel Free. In process of course. I will add one for Patchwork and Color tomorrow. I am probably going to create a sort of map of empty pages marked "under construction" just to give myself an outline to work with.