Am working at Walcot Chapel this week with the Bees Knees artist group. Reciprocity defines this gathering.. We hope to open the doors from Thursday to Saturday – currently we are diversely painting, drawing, stitching, paper scrunching, looking at old navigational maps, sharing bee friendly wild flower seeds ..
Outside the door, I hung the first moon piece – floating in the breeze of a day mixed with sunshine, east wind and even a shower of snow-falling white blossom. Now, at home, a flurry of actual snow..
The churchyard is filled with dandelions so guess what this ‘dandelion forager’ will be doing tomorrow!
First solar dye of the season – holding warm sunny jars of dandelion and silk
Close up of drawing using plant dye (weld)
Always impossible to capture the vibrant alive and singing colour in natural dye – it is an experience to see and touch!
Also making a jar of dandelion tincture for the first time! A rekindled interest
Meanwhile the next moon work on woad is in progress too..
New series of drawings – lots of sitting quietly watching and listening to the bees
it takes time …
In my minds eye and dreams are the second and third in the series of woad pieces; thinking of the translucent blues, the broken open stitches, and the sudden intensity of orange. Watching the skies, the moon, listening to the wind and the birds. And in a practical sense I am working out some dye recipes and methods!
Meanwhile this piece continues – each part with its pattern rhythm and flow and today, because of the first flowering of tiny daffodils, the colours sing. I picked five carefully, no more amongst the dozens, the bees are out when the sun shines through (though they prefer the crocus, aconites and snowdrops!)
Rich colour in my day – turmeric and dandelion
Out walking yesterday the catkins moved gently in the breeze
and celandines studded the green margins of grass on the lane home
A pair of mittens – Shetland wool colourwork
Pattern from Knitting from the North by Hilary Grant. Yarn is Spindrift from Jamiesons of Shetland
The inside – so fascinating to me! And adds to the warmth as it creates a double layer !
the colour of creativity…
adding a little of myself into the piece
Scale – after finishing the first small concentrated cornerstone piece I feel a need to explore expansive stitching again, using the same stitch – chain stitch, which for me, in my language of stitches, holds references to connections between us – the interconnectedness.
The size is slightly more within my reach this time for ease of working. Time for a deeper wider breath – looking out, up, around and through.
Some woad dyed silk organza from an exhausted dye pot – mottled and randomly marked – fine and delicate and with the quality of transparency allowing for shadow-work stitching.
Cornerstone 1 of the 4 finished and resting .. curls, lifting diamond shapes and textures an intrigiung aspect of the way the stitch choice, pattern and process has structured itself!
Stitching.. one chain at a time. I feel excited to see how this will work as a cornerstone – but there can be no rush, no rapid completion. It is, by its nature, a slow stitch and a slowly developing process emerging gradually, gently.
This work requires strong clear light and the days are short so I like needing to make time to stitch.
Sunset – breathtaking … taking time within a smaller circle of natural rhythm