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February 1, 2016

Mary Oliver wrote…..

“it is a serious thing, just to be alive, on this fresh morning, in this broken world.”


  a fresh, new month, with an extra day

may it be a good one

this is how January ended

a second warp to finish the rag bags turned into a disaster

not sure where my head was when I worked out the numbers

but the warp length was half what was needed

as the weaving progressed I finally realized the mistake


and cut out the second colour rather than un-weaving

no! – I didn’t cut any warp threads

dornik twill was the threading – but it doesn’t look like it

February’s prayer flag is something from the “never finished” cupboard

is that cheating?


woven, dyed and stitched

silk wings  – and other things


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Monica Brenoskie permalink
    February 4, 2016 5:08 am

    Red winged blackbird! I have a book for my daughter called About Birds that has a painting of them. Too funny. I love your hearts. They’re so raw and perfect in their imperfection.


    • February 4, 2016 7:46 am

      Monica – thank you. As most of the fabric pieces used are handwoven, which frays easily, the handstitching needs to be tight and firm.


  2. February 2, 2016 4:17 am

    I think my heart stopped when I saw that weaving with the cuts in it! GULP! I didn’t know that quote from Mary Oliver–it’s wonderful.


    • February 2, 2016 9:27 am

      Kerry – it is a simple way of “un-weaving” just be careful, separate the warp threads and only cut 2 or 3 weft threads at a time. No sweat!


  3. February 1, 2016 6:51 pm

    Oops about the short warp – I like your red-winged blackbird too – My pussy willows are out, but not blooming yet!


    • February 1, 2016 11:07 pm

      Kjerstin – the picture was taken last Spring, haven’t seen blue sky like that for some time.


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    February 1, 2016 6:36 pm

    happy hearts


  5. February 1, 2016 4:15 pm

    Love your bird photograph. And your hearts…so sweet. Great quote from M. Oliver.


    • February 1, 2016 4:23 pm

      Kristin – I love the quote, not sure when it was written. The picture was taken last year when the sky was blue.


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