The beginning of the end for Blogger?

I’ve already written this post once, but my mobile version of Blogger on my old iPhone 5s wouldn’t publish it. So, back to publishing on the laptop … for as long as that lasts. And ugh … I hate formatting on the PC … the mobile app was soooo much easier.

Anyway, in addition to the gift pot Deb Sposa sent, there was this beautiful bit of handwoven cloth …

Here’s the back story in Deb’s words:

“I found it at an estate sale at a gorgeous mountain home where the owners had collected amazing Southwestern flavored artworks including fiber pieces & western antiques.  Not sure how old it is but I’m guessing at least 50 to 75 years old.  The weave style looked Mexican or possibly Native American and I think it was used as a small book cover.  I hope you will be able to find a use for it.  Possibly bind your own book to put inside …”

Well that answered the question I had about the sewn-under ends …

And got me thinking how best to showcase it …

I liked the idea of a book, so I played with the idea of making pages out of used tea bags …

And then, recalling our trek to northern New Mexico last summer, I hit on the perfect idea: the petroglyphs that we saw in Santa Fe …

So now I’m playing with watercolors and gouache, trying to find the perfect combination …

As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, “Watch this space … “

Kindred spirit

There is only one thing better than getting a comment from Marti and that’s getting an email from her. With Marti’s permission, I’m posting the photos she sent documenting the arrival of her peace pin, here framed by her gentle self …

We share a love of green, so I especially appreciated the picture of the pin attached to her cloth Earth Prayer …
 

seen here in its entirety …

Marti’s cloths are dyed with what she finds on the land in New Mexico, then thought-fully stitched, brimming with story.

And her words (as many of us know and love) are spun from a lifetime of experiences woven into thoughtful reflections. She is a treasure.

– Georgia’s Window reimagined

Retrospective (7/18/2016)
Patch #191 Georgia’s Window Scraps I

Original Post

When we went to Santa Fe in 2014, one of my must-see spots was the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Granted it was small, but I give a lot of credit to the guards who let me stand, hands behind my back, close enough for my nearsighted eyes to truly appreciate each piece. Which was close indeed.
The painting that really grabbed me was Door Through Window
That it was done in 1956, the year I was born, seemed as good a reason as any to reprise its patchiness in cloth. I started on a version last year, but my supply of linen colors was less than robust and dyeing colors to match using local flora didn’t go too well. So I stopped.
My recent discovery of pojagi rekindled the idea and I was delighted to find that my thrift store finds had improved the range of colors I had on hand.
So I broke the original down into component parts …

selected a range of colors …

and totally surprised myself at how quickly it started to come together …

Granted, my lack of quilting and patchwork experience have left the back looking a bit worse than I’d like …

but I’m thinking by tomorrow I’ll be seeing some improvement as I get the hang of it.