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Spring is everywhere

May 11, 2020

another week, another hexie in the window – number eleven

and I’m working on some very small ones – more about that later

and sitting on the garden bench intoxicated by the scent of Lily-of-the Valley

reading the new books the postie delivered

a birthday present to myself, just a little late

  a boxed set ordered from   in GB

  it takes a little longer but they never charge postage and are very reliable

published by Thrums Books – Linda Ligon (of Handwoven magazine fame)

photographs by Joe Coca – an amazing team

the traditional work of ethnic minority artisans of China’s Guizhou Province

Every Thread a Story features the peoples lives, their embroidery, dyeing, silver work and papermaking

The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery tells the story of the traditional symbols and designs

and includes extensive, detailed patterns

(btw I don’t receive anything for this review other than the pleasure of reading and learning)

and I have to repeat – the pictures are stunning

in the garden purple is dominant

this rhodo is 10 feet tall

last year the deer decimated my tulips but missed this one

Irises are always a favorite

and the Mt. St. Helens azalea is erupting

12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2020 7:21 pm

    I don’t know how I came to miss this post… perhaps it was while I had the migraine, but how lovely your flowers are, and how deeply envious I am of your books. I think it may be time to allow myself to look at some nice hardbacks, beautifully illustrated and lush with colour 🙂


    • May 14, 2020 11:10 pm

      Kate – I bought the books, sight unseen because I know the photographers work, both with textiles and portraits of indigenous people. I have 2 other books on the Miao people of Guizhou, both by the same Japanese author, Sadae Torimaru in English and Japanese. Spiritual Fabric is mainly about weaving and Imprints on Cloth is indigo dyeing and surface design. The Human Thread is another Thrums publication, joint effort of Linda Ligon and Joe Coca, mainly a book of photographs of indigenous people and their textiles pub. in 2019. I’m a bookoholic!


      • May 14, 2020 11:24 pm

        I can’t resist a Kaffe Fasset quilt book, not because I want to make any of them (barring my own interpretation of his Hatbox quilt), but because the colour combinations and settings are a visual feast. If I want inspiration for a strong, saturated combination, Kaffe will have something brilliant and unexpected to offer.


      • May 15, 2020 11:03 am

        Kate – I have 2 of his books, received as gifts years ago. One on needlepoint (which I did a lot of years ago) and the other on needlepoint and knitting. The colours and photos are Gorgeous.

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  2. claire93 permalink
    May 12, 2020 5:22 am

    oooh love your purple flowers! and your books all look interesting!


    • May 12, 2020 10:13 am

      Claire – all the flowers are beautiful this year, keeping my fingers crossed that the veggies do as well.


  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    May 12, 2020 3:23 am

    Lily of the Val;ley were my mother’s favourite flowers and I have tried several times to get some to grow in my garden but without success. Enjoy your flowers and your books. I shall look forward to seeing what the small hexies are for!


    • May 12, 2020 10:18 am

      Sue – the lilies like some shade, damp, rough soil and in my garden are slowly becoming invasive. where they have grown into the lawn I just mow over them. There are so many in bloom in my back yard the scent hits you as you go around the corner. Too bad we are not closer and I’d give you a big pot of them.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        May 13, 2020 2:19 am

        Thank you for the information. I gave them shade but probably not enouigh damp and I think I used nice compost! When I can go to a garden centre I will see if I can try again. If we lived closer I would love some of yours and to get to know you better – I could learn so much from you.


      • May 13, 2020 11:34 am

        Sue – I could learn even more from you, we could grow a field of lilies.

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  4. May 11, 2020 3:27 pm

    I love the Mt St Helen’s Azalea! And the lilies… and Irises…and…hexagonal anemone!


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