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! 🙂