Connecting threads

I recently found my way to Karen at Stitching Life via the sidebar on Jude’s Spirit Cloth. Karen’s current post, in which she replicates a bit of nineteenth-century pattern on 40-count silk, lit up the long-neglected synapses that connect the current me to the once-upon-a-time me. So I sent her a link to this image …

Then I actually read my post, which included this image …

and the words “I’m starting to wonder where my bit of even-weave cloth will end up.”

I suspect Mo is nodding her head as she surely knows where this is going. The tiny bit of linen ended up being 1.5″ to a side and I know that because I gave it away …

sent it to Mo in Australia along with a bit of rust dyed cloth, where she incorporated both into the Key Book

https://ackertart.blogspot.com/2021/12/key-book.html

And the story might have ended there, except that Mo dreamed up I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer, to which I responded. And somehow, in the course of that magical time, Mo gifted the Key Book to me

The pennant with Old Man Crow’s lyrics to I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer, travelled to Australia, where it lives with Mo and Rod to this day …

The mended shell eventually returned home to Texas (where it subsequently became a part of a published book, which is a story for another day) …

and now sits on the same shelf as the Key Book

Last, but not least, here is one of Mo’s exquisite drawings from The Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow, which arrived September 12, 2016. How do I know that? It’s all on the blog

Coming and going

May 2, 2021 – A B Selfie
May 7, 2021 – Backward ABCs

I’ve been thinking recently about “audience,” which is to say, who is in my mind as I stitch.

When I made Remember 2016, it was all about Logan (then 11 going on 12) …

Jackson (3 going on 4) …

Griffin (also 3 going on 4) …

and Jace (1 going on 2) …

These days, it’s very much about the new littlest ones, Parker (who just turned 4) …

and Ellis (1 going on 2) …

in hopes that they will find themselves in the patches of Remember 2021, just as their older sibling and cousins find themselves in Remember 2016.

And so in these most recent patches, a nod to Ellis, who is learning to talk and sing. Each visit gives us new glimpses into her growing vocabulary. And when we’re not there, Meg sends us milestone videos, like this 45 second rendition of the ABC song …

But better yet was our most recent babysitting adventure, when Ellis began to sing along with my Backward ABC song, which Griffin and Parker then joined in (because of course I taught it to them when they were “1 going on 2”).

While there was no video evidence, I did confess to Meg that she should probably let the pre-school teachers know about E’s latest addition to her repertoire … lest they wonder … yet again.

Wimberley

March 11, 2021 – Thrift store Nana shirt

When we first moved to Texas in 2009, we rented a house in the little town of Wimberley. It was, and is, an arts-y place, with galleries and live music and a funky town square.

Wimberley also had/has an amazing thrift store, amply supplied by the artists, musicians, authors and retired art-lovers who live there. I love/d it. So when we ventured out for our first post-Covid vaccine road trip, there was no doubt what our destination would be.

We ate lunch at the Leaning Pear

got bedding plants at Wimberley Gardens, and best of all, shopped at the Village Store, source of many past thrifted cloth finds. All fully masked, I hasten to add, except for the al fresco dining on BBLTs (the second B is for Brie), crimini soup and fresh-squeezed lime-ade.

We didn’t spend long at the Village Store … it felt strange to be in an enclosed space with so many other people … but I did snag a great $5 buy …

100% linen in proper “Nana shirt” style. I even got complimented on it when I wore it on one of the St Louis shopping trips … ha!

So what better memory keeper for the day? The Gray Lines Linen samples yielded up a perfect match, along with a DMC 927 light grey green, which I always think of as the color of seawater …

Then I sketched out the machine embroidery pattern from the shirt in water-erasable marker and stitched away …