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This evening finds me thoroughly exhausted. I was up until midnight last night canning tomatoes.  Earlier in the evening I had frozen green beans, edamame, and corn.  By 10pm I was asking myself why I thought I had to do all this?  By midnight I’d decided I’d totally lost my mind.  Today, after spending 4 hours washing windows and 2 hours mowing the lawn, I’m too tired to move anymore — other than my fingers.  However, I am feeling happy about all those pretty colored jars containing yummy things to eat. This is not even half of them.

After a rather steep learning curve, I have framed “Cherry Blossoms”.  You’ve seen several pictures of it in process, but here’s one of it completed and hanging on the wall.  All set to go down to the Rockland County Historical Society next week for an exhibit.

Here’s a detail of the stitching and beading I did on the cherry tree itself.  Some of those bumpy things are embroidered French knots and some are seed beads.

Lastly I finished stitching “Leaves” and put it in a frame.  It is already hanging at Tsubo Massage in Williamstown, MA (along with several pieces in the Maze series) reflecting those few maples whose leaves are already turning to reds and oranges. The colors are a little washed out in this photo.  I took it “in situ” on a wall that has many windows and strong sunlight.

I love the background of this piece.  It’s hand-painted paper that I found at the North Adams Artist Coop Gallery.  I didn’t have an exact use for it when I bought it, but it worked perfectly with this piece.  I’ve got to get back there and see if they have anymore in this or other colors.

One of the therapists at Tsubo commented on the theme of leaves and water.  She said it reminded her of a book she’d read in which the protagonist would place leaves in a river whenever she was sad or lonely. How lovely  and moving an act.  I may start doing that too.

Here’s a detail of “Leaves” in which you can see some of the stitching that outlines each of the leaves as well as stitching and beads that pull some weight into the lower right hand corner of the piece, hopefully balancing the weight of the leaves.

Off to NY tomorrow to see my older brother who is visiting from CA.  No felting for the rest of the week.  😦    No food processing either! 🙂

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It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted.  In some ways it seems much shorter.  In other ways much longer.  I’m out of the routine, so I’ll need to put some effort into getting postings entered each week. I also need to put some effort into getting into the studio and working each day.  🙂  Being away and also having so much else going on has interrupted that routine as well.

In New England, it is the peak of harvest season right now.

This is part of last week’s vegetable haul from the CSA I belong to. Aren’t they beautiful? Art in and of themselves.  That and more needs to be processed (frozen or canned), which I actually do in my studio kitchen.  It’s really hard to be in the studio but not felting.  However, I try and eat as much local food as I can, and in New England that means putting by lots of food in the summer to eat in the winter.  I’m happy to report that about 50% of the food I eat is raised within 50 miles of my home.

This past weekend saw me take a flying leap into the world of dyepots.

I had 6 dyepots going and came out with 6 pounds of dyed Icelandic fleece (to be used in rugs) and lots of silk fabrics.  That doesn’t include the 2 crock pots I did earlier in the week.  I played around with over dyeing and resist dyeing in the crock pots. There is more fabric than what you see in this photo.  The rest is still drying on the clotheslines that span the upper feet of my studio.  Thank goodness for those 14 ft. ceilings!

Finally I think I made a little bit of headway in the world of framing.  Several other artists in the building have convinced me to frame my work behind glass.  I fought doing this for so long because I hate having the glass between the viewer and the sensuous fabric.  Some of the tactile nature and warmth is lost. However, it will afford better protection for the work, which is important the more it leaves the studio and is on display in public spaces.

Here you can see 3 different frames that I am experimenting with:  flat, shadow box, with glass, without….My friend, George, woodworker extraordinaire, has been essential in helping me figure things out. Framing is a whole other skill set that I am being forced to acquire. I spent quite some time today at Home Depot purchasing several different widgets and gidgets.  I think I am now armed to get some pieces framed this weekend!

I’ve got some exhibits to apply to as well as a gallery or two.  That means time in front of the computer. Well, at least I got the postcards about this blog sent out.  Perhaps that’s why you’re reading this right now.

All I really want to do is make some felt!!

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