– What if …

Retrospective (10/14)
Patch #278 Shibori butterfly wing

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What if I tried doing shibori with Inktense pencils? Couldn’t find anything when I searched Google and Pinterest.
So I tried wrapping a small bit of blue linen on a tiny Cracker Barrel maple syrup jar. Scrunched it down, spritzed it with water, then layered on some blue, green, and gray …

Then I stitched up another bit …

gathered it …

spritzed it with water and hit the edges with black. Here’s how it looked after being rinsed and pressed …

I think it has potential. Now if I can just figure out how best to imitate these beauties on the mistflower …

which Don just identified as queen butterflies by checking the Wildflower Center website …

– Works in progress

Well, I didn’t have any preconceived notions when I began the daily Remember patches at the beginning of the year. What I’ve learned is an idea may begin to form on any given day, but not be fully realized until some time later. In light of that, I’ve decided to start featuring patches when they are finished, while still giving a hint of what I have in mind at the beginning.

For instance, here is the final stitch work on Patch #71 …

which was begun last Friday, worked on Saturday, and completed today.
Likewise, Patch #72

inspired by this live oak picture on Saturday …
I’m glad I waited since it was only today that I saw a new knot stitch on Tanglewood Threads that was perfect for the knobbly live oak inflorescences.
A partially finished Patch #64 from two weeks ago is now complete …
While yesterday’s road trip inspired the beginning of Patch #73 …
The road is a bit of felted gray wool
from a stuffy work skirt that I no longer have a need for

When I add its infusion of wildflowers, the stitching is sure to be accompanied by my inner soundtrack playing Robert Earl Keen’s song The Road Goes on Forever (but the party never ends).
As for today’s Patch #74, it’s nothing more than a notion, but I hope to do a reprise of the vintage linen found on our road trip yesterday. Or not … who knows?

– Abundance

After a week of rain …

it was no great surprise to find a riotous unfolding. 
Dewberry (a wild blackberry in the Rose family which I have long called Briar Rose, incorrectly) …

led me to revise yesterday’s patch in silhouette, as Deb Sposa’s students have recently done …
Completed on March 14
Wandering the floodplain earlier in the day, there was ample evidence of yellow evening primroses, which opened as promised at sunset …

with the moon as my witness …

along with the Gaura
which also appeared at dusk

Also as promised (to Grace), here are the results of my spring organizing, both cloth …

and floss, which is wrapped in cloth woven during Jude Hill’s Considering Weave …
And a cloth I dyed last summer using blanket flower at the Outer Banks of North Carolina …

had faded to pale lilac and gray. But upon finally washing it out today, it blushed as softly green …
The camera doesn’t do this justice … it’s much greener
as this newly-leafed live oak …

I think it’s destined to be today’s patch, but as with so many ideas flying through my fevered brain, it will have to wait for another day before being realized (I feel French knots coming on). Update: See March 14 for Patch #72.