Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July Woods

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.   ~George Washington Carver

Ceder Waxwing

Monday, July 21, 2014

Orphans: Baby Jay & Baby Mouse

The little mouse above was in my kayak when we dragged it up from the pond the other day. His Mama ran away with all of his siblings firmly attached to her nipples as she ran. Sadly this little one fell off in the kayak when she ran. We took him into the woods to the area where we saw his Mama run off. Hopefully she will find him. 

You may recall the post where I showed the nest I had woven for Jude Hill's "Considering Weave" class? You can see the post and the nest here: Nest Post and Photos . Well tonight that nest came in handy.  

My collie, Ember,  was at the door barking at 9:00 pm and this little blue jay fledgling was on my front porch. He was literally standing on the doormat looking into our glass front door. It was adorable.  He can't fly yet so I put him in the nest I had woven and then I put the nest  out in one of my planters, snugging it down into the flowers hopping to keep him warm. 

 He really wanted to snuggle up and didn't like it when I put him down. He would cling to me and jump back up on me. It was hard to put him in the nest and leave him.

 I held him up in the air to see if he could fly and he did a lot of wing pumping but he couldn't fly yet.

He really seemed to feel secure in the nest I had woven. I certainly never knew that it would serve such a lofty purpose when I wove it.

All bedded down in the nest in the planter. Hope it makes it through the night. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Visitation by Plant Spirits

The Universe is stirring things up in my life today. An old friend that grew up down the road from us passed away at 53, making that the 4th loss of a friend or family member in the last couple of months. That in turn led to some in-depth and emotionally healing conversations with another friend that also grew up down the road. My Mom and I had just happened to have had a deep conversation this morning about the year my Dad completed suicide which lead to some profound revelations. Then the "Things I remember about growing up in New Milford, CT" 'group on Facebook popped up in my notifications and there were some very relevant posts and people I noticed there, bringing back a flood of memories.

It also has not gone unnoticed by me that my house is surrounded by copious numbers of the tall yellow flowering torches of the mullein plant and the Tribe of the Sun blog has this to say about the wisdom of mullein: "Spiritual Uses: Mullein is useful if you are battling evil spirita and energies. It is protective and increases mental clarity. This memeber of the snapdragon family can help open you up when life's battles have worn you down. Mullein works well with the throat chakra so if you are having trouble finding your voice, try allying yourself with this plant." Along with the mullein there is a sea of yellow blossoms from St John's Wort also surrounding the house. Here is an article that talks about the many uses of St John's Wort, not the least of which is the bringer of light into the dark areas of our lives.

So it is an emotional day but something is stirring and moving through my life. I have always found such movement to be healing. God knows I am ready to move to the next level so He is moving me, and it hurts a little. But that's OK, sometimes healing is like that.

 Multiple stalks of mullein flowers on one plant

 St John's Wort, Bringer of light into darkness

A Sea of St johns Wort and Mullein

Monday, July 14, 2014

Raven: Cloth to Cloth Weaving

I am farther along on my Raven piece that I have been doing inspired by Jude Hill's "What if Diaries" with a focus on weave. The wings were cut out and then woven back in with thread by attaching both warp and weft threads to the cloth as if it were a loom. I used Valdani thread as the warp and the weft was eyelash yarn. The body of the raven was left cloth to add stability and stitch was added to that after the wings were woven. The bottom part that I am working on now is cloth to cloth weaving. I cut the pillow ticking along the existing  lines and used them as the warp, weaving strips of cloth between them. I absolutely love the effect.