The weathered butterfly

I read somewhere that Wabi Sabi can be expressed as appreciating the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete in nature.

Wabi=the loneliness of nature and sabi= the weathering force of nature

I wanted some tears in the wings like you sometimes see in butterfly wings at the end of the Summer season to show the weathered force of nature. Then I stitched the tears together to hold it together, incomplete and imperfect.

Drawing inspiration from the beautiful embroidered work of Hillary Waters Fayle, we created our own embroidered botanical embroideries with magnolia leaves.

I love the connection with nature as well as the idea of impermanence.

Hillary says that some of her main stitches are running stitch, back stitch and couching.

two of my embroidered leaves

I tried all 3 stitches- and added seed stitch from our stitch embellishment class

Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop on May 13th!

“I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged into a woood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost.

I thought the weaving would be over once I had woven the 16 tapestry pieces. Wrong! I have to edit to make the shapes fit and make sense. At least, make sense to me.

Before sewing the pieces together, I want the pieces to make sense individually and as a whole.

I don’t like the top part of the 6th tapestry piece

So I am reconstructing the 6th piece. Now I see other areas in tapestry I might reconstruct. I might want to improve or restore sections.

Would it have made sense to have planned this out in more detail?

Absolutely. The road not taken.

Korean masters – 김윤선 색실누비 장인 /심현철기자 shim@koreatimes.co.kr

Beautiful Saeksil Nubi from Kim Yoon-Sun’s studio in Anguk-Dong from : Saeksil Nubi: colorful quilting. The Korean Times.

Korean masters – 김윤선 색실누비 장인 /심현철기자 shim@koreatimes.co.kr

One of the challenges of teaching textile techniques is finding new fiber and textile techniques to play with. Luckily, there is a whole world of beautiful and inspirational embroidered and quilted fabrics in the Folk Art tradition just waiting to be explored.

Hirsch Wellness Network at 1-2.30pm on Thursday, January 28, 2021

This workshop was inspired by textile artist Gabriela Martinez Ortiz. She is a Mexican-based designer, and creator of Ofelia & Antelmo, a textile art project based on hand embroidery.Her work is governed by the philosophy of the Slow Movement, a cultural revolution that values processes, enjoyment and the calming art of slow-making.

Learn the relaxing and mindful art of embroidery.We will work with 3 simple stitches to create different surface patterns that can be used to embellish clothing, bookbags or decorate pillows

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey” Kenji Miyazawa

Working on the 13th tapestry piece gives me control over my life and creative expression.

“Art teaches us to express how we feel and so alchemize it. Art acknowledges that feelings are mutable and that we contain the power to mutate the dross of our wounds into the ore of art. In this sense, art gives us the ability to always move out of the victim position.

When bullying life demands of us some injustice:” You want to make something of it?”

The artful answer is yes .”

Walking in This World by Julia Cameron

Only 4 more tapestry pieces to go, then the task of making some kind of sense and harmony out of the collection of parts.

Or maybe not?

Can you have harmony with chaos? Harmony with discord?

Last weekend was spent relaxing and making embroidered Folk Art Christmas decorations for family and friends at the Chestnut Creek farmhouse. Outside was cold and rainy. Inside was snug and warm, surrounded by the gorgeous colors of felt and embroidery threads.

8 days left to Christmas! And working on my 19th decoration…Still have a few more to do before Christmas Eve.

Looking at Maria Prymachenko’s folk art drawings for design ideas for our Folk Art Embroidered Christmas Ornaments class

Maria’s fantastical beast with radiating circles for eyes
Elephant with stars

Stitch Inspiration from “Modern Folk Embroidery” by Nancy Nicholson

The Hirsch Wellness Network, Monday November 23, 2020

We had a relaxing and fun zoom class ( yes, it can be done!) yesterday. I demonstrated how to make a paper tissue bowl- adding decorative tissue paper from the dollar store. In some ways, this class was easier to teach with zoom, since everyone could let their balloons dry overnight at home without having to worry about having to transport the wet bowls from class- which we did last year.

Maugis

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Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky

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Fibre art by Jean Ottosen

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

around the garden

art in fibers and fabric

studiotempera

art in fibers and fabric