Continuing … The International Day of Peace

The sun has risen on the Texas Hill Country, the same sun that has already risen and set over The International Day of Peace in Australia, where Fiona Dempster’s peace bell rang out …

As I often do, I called my congressman this morning (which is to say I talked to his staff), leaving him best wishes on this International Day of Peace and expressing my hope that he will take actions toward securing peace in the days ahead.
My own actions will include stitching more peace pins, like the ones pictured here …


resting on the back cover of Mo’s Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow
As many of you know, the first peace pin flew to Barry Smith in Maleny
seven months ago …


It was a response to his call,
“It’s time … may hope and peace prevail”
Since then, more than 50 peace pins have traveled to six countries and 19 states within the USA … sent in response to the comments left here.
Those comments are now being stitched into a peace shawl. Some are but a single word, such as this one used with permission from Dana at Raven and Sparrow


Others are phrases, such as this one used with permission from Beth at Still Life Pond


All will eventually be worn asemically …


in hopes that their outward appearance will trigger questions that lead to conversations about peace.
I intentionally used up the last of the tannin and cochineal dyed linen from the first peace pin. Until now, I had been wanting to “save it.” Now I realize “it’s time” to let it go, so it can be a part of something bigger.
N.B. For those of you who share my love of cloth, I commend to your attention the following about tannin and cochineal:
Dana’s beautiful series of posts about the tannin-dyed chuppah she created:
And these two articles about the preservation of cochineal dyeing practices:

How long a day

It is 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 20th in Texas, but it is tomorrow in Australia … just past midnight on September 21st, the dawning of the International Day of Peace.

I have already sent greetings to Mo, Barry and Fiona. And as I contemplate the hopes for peace that circle the globe, I also envision the ties that stretch from “sea to shining sea” here in the United States.
These two peace shawl patches have already been bound together …

One was stitched with words from Dee  on the east coast, 
the other with words from Hazel on the west coast.
This stitched on indigo-dyed cloth gifted by Hazel …

and in the original Peace Pin Project post, Hazel’s comment was followed by this from Dee, stitched on cloth originally dyed for the Hearts for Charleston quilt …

Call and response.
And if my camera refuses to focus today, I will blame it on the tears of frustration evoked by the reckless words uttered at the UN yesterday. Already I have called my senators pleading that they “do something, anything, to keep the president from launching a thermonuclear war.”
Only then can we turn to working on reducing global warming, enabling DACA dreamers to become full citizens, and ensuring equal access to quality healthcare for all US citizens. 
We will need to use every minute of this day and the next …

Looking in the rear view mirror

We just parted company with two wonderful house guests from Virginia who are family of family … what my dad used to call out-laws. It was our first opportunity to really get to know each other and we found much in common.

It was also their first trip to the Texas Hill Country, so we took them on a glass bottom boat to see the springs that form the San Marcos River …

Texas-style brisket was a must …

and while we did the obligatory tour of the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk, I most enjoy introducing folks to the Missions National Park with its excellent introductory film about the land and people of central Texas …

And of course, you can’t leave without hearing some live music, preferably at Gruene Hall …

We also walked the land, naming the critters and trees and wildflowers that are now so familiar to us. The cochineal (scale insects) that live on our prickly pear cactus came up repeatedly, as did some of the other dyestuffs I’ve experimented with. 
You can scroll down to the index and click on any of the dye links to see more, but for now here’s a peace patch hand-dyed with commercially sourced cochineal. The words are used with permission from Gill in the UK and the accompanying book about cochineal was a gift from Anne in California …

As with all the others, this patch will ultimately be seen from the back …

Because I like being a little different …

I almost forgot … here’s my take on Caesar salad that N and ML enjoyed while they were here. This is the amount I usually make to serve two of us.
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1+ tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 to 1/2 clove of garlic, microplaned
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs mayo
pinch of salt
Whisk and adjust seasonings to taste. Serve on chopped Romaine with grated Parmesan Regianno and croutons.