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August 21, 2021

greetings from Oak Bay

time – drifts on – and the season is changing

five days ago we had rain – it is shocking when a brief overnight shower, here on the “Wet Coast”, gets us excited

climate change is real and we all – urgently – need to pay attention and individually, do our part

RED – I’m auditioning scraps for September’s colour challenge

Β it has powerful, symbolic meaning in all cultures

mainly silk and handwoven pieces, I am struggling to represent this colour

the end is in sight on the loom

when the scarf is finished and allowing for the fringe there may be enough length to weave a red sample

fingers crossed!

in the evenings, the stitching/boroΒ  piece is progressing slowly the lower piece is a scrap of fine linen kasuri (approx. 48 epi) which I rescued from a very old Japanese jacket

it was one of the ties on the front collar, folded over and over – very old, possibly recycled from a summer kimono

the kasuri pattern is seldom if ever woven now as it takes time and a high degree of skill

the fabric is so fragile that I have backed it with fine cotton and then stitched between the pattern rows

on several of the plain blue scraps I’m stitching a similar pattern

my neighbour gave me a handful of flax – the pretty blue flowers are finished

I’ll save the seeds to plant next year

she brought a bouquet of sunflowers too

the season is definitely changingthe spiders are busy spinning and weaving

I wish I was that motivated and inspired

with all that is happening in the world I find it difficult to believe any of my ramblings are relevant

and yet I keep on throwing the shuttle and stitching small stitches

keep safe everyone


28 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2021 12:24 am

    Quite a few of us bloggers seem to be wondering the same about our words and deeds in view of the escalation in climate change events. But yes, they do matter. While it is too late to stop a degree of climate change (no pun intended), our message might just help prevent even worse disasters in the future. And if not, haven’t we enjoyed ourselves anyway?


    • August 24, 2021 9:40 am

      Helen – I live on the southern tip of a large island, the most western point in Canada. The ocean and all the weather changes it brings are a constant reminder of climate change. The whales are disappearing due to the drastic decrease in the salmon stock that they feed on. The interior of the province has approx. 250 forest fires burning for 6 weeks. One entire town was totally burned in a matter of 15 minutes. Hundreds of people have lost their homes and everything, businesses, farms, livestock. I understand climate change! Personally think that too many people think enjoying themselves is the most important thing in their life. Canada’s prairie provinces are experiencing an extreme drought – one of the major wheat growing areas in the world. Food prices are going UP. Do I think my blogging makes a difference? Not really. I enjoy it, I enjoy connecting with people in different parts of the world (like yourself) But will it influence anyone to change their life style. Not likely. Sorry for the doom and gloom but I think it is time to face reality, possibly the only way to start preventing future disasters.

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      • August 25, 2021 12:15 am

        I’m sorry you feel this way.

        You state ‘time to start facing reality… to start preventing future disasters’ but for ‘too many people think enjoying themselves is the most important thing’, so how do we/the powers that be enable the one to change the other?


      • August 25, 2021 11:07 am

        Helen – why would you be sorry that I feel this way? It is a choice I make after much thought, consideration and experience. How do “we” enable others to change?? Maybe by really listening to individual’s reasoning and trying to understand what it is they want/need. If I had the answers to how to specifically effect change I’d be doing something more than blogging about textiles.


      • August 25, 2021 11:38 am

        I’m sure you have influence from living your life than you realise.


      • August 26, 2021 10:48 am

        Helen – I’m 78, a retired psychiatric nurse. I do realize the influence I’ve had and hope that it has been mostly positive. πŸ™‚


      • August 26, 2021 10:57 am

        I’m sure it has 😊


      • August 26, 2021 12:52 pm

        Helen – πŸ™‚

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  2. vdbolyard permalink
    August 23, 2021 5:08 am

    jean, your ramblings and wanderings and industry are always inspirational to me. i feel we can’t let this horror show get us down, but it’s so so easy to feel that way.


    • August 23, 2021 11:45 am

      Velma – Thanks, Velma, too many overlapping horror shows to ignore them, and we are in the middle of a federal election. Go figure! Politicians don’t seem to being doing much other than promoting their own futures.


  3. August 22, 2021 2:52 pm

    The news from Afghanistan has really upset me, all those hopes and dreams all gone so quickly. Politicians !


    • August 22, 2021 3:09 pm

      Cathy – I am sick about the woman and children in Afghanistan. it’s not just hopes and dreams – it’s lives. I can’t imagine how scared they must be. This is terrifying, and no amount of making or mending is going to help. They need help NOW and our politicians are just protecting their own interests.


  4. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    August 22, 2021 8:16 am

    I was about to leave a comment but realised it would be a long one so stopped. I feel a post coming on. Will that do instead?


  5. August 21, 2021 3:51 pm

    I do agree with Kjerstin …. Creating is THE most therapeutic way to contribute positivity into today’s ever changing conditions in this world. It definitely brings me a lot of peace and joy.
    I love reading your posts and seeing what you create 😍


  6. August 21, 2021 12:39 pm

    I do believe that making things, exerting creative energy, and valuing things made by hand is a way to reduce hurt in the world. None of us can fix those big things but your mending and making small things does help.


    • August 21, 2021 1:50 pm

      Kjerstin – I know you’re right but sometimes those “big things” all seem to come at once and create an even bigger thing. So, I’ll just keep on mending and making.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. August 22, 2021 10:21 am

    Sue – πŸ™‚ thanks for the link



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