Sunday, December 14, 2014

a personal symbols cloth…

taking advantage of a bit of downtime
 to work quietly on this during our long trip to Iowa.

it is coming along.

a few tiny leaves added 
via a breath of autumnal inspiration from Spirit Cloth.

a careful addition of  treasured 
eco dyed bits from last summer
is a possibility.

a bit of tweaking here, and there,
bringing up memories from 
the last year.

focused on mending  
broken heart from last August,

and reminiscing over
a magical journey

…wondering if things can 
ever - be the same.

A work in progress - yet it makes me happy to look at it, to hold it.

I think perhaps a "drop of jupiter,"  or the addition of a bit of "desperado" may be in order -  embroidered in white, fading into the background - adding depth and texture - might be nice.

Yes.  I do think so.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Midwestern Journey....

Returning home today from a 10 day Midwestern journey.
Drove through North Carolna, Kentucky,

West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa - through the mountains,
 tiny mining towns and sprawling farming homesteads.

A stark winter landscape.  So beautiful.

So much to look at. So much to think about.
It was a peaceful journey, just he and I.

Cathie Recca -

Monday, November 17, 2014

Eco Printed Leaves....

On white  linen.  

came out so great.  

This linen which was white when I started,   was soaked in soda ash over night, wrung out and then layered with viburnum leaves and wrapped with hemp super tight around a copper pipe.  I steamed it in an aluminum pot outside for four hours or so.

After  it cooled, I unwrapped it,  rinsed it by hand, ironed it and and just smiled.  Beautiful!!!

It's raining today - but I don't care.  I'm grabbing my hiking books, putting on my raincoat and heading out into the woods.  There is so much more beauty to be captured!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It Doesn't Really "Madder..."

....or does it? With the onset of such beautiful weather, (and the unavailability of my indoor studio because of our massive first floor re-do,)  I've spent a few days in the outdoor dye studio mixing up some glorious colors and playing with resist.

Along with the usual vat of indigo and glass jars of procion, I tried my hand at madder dyeing with some lovely results.

 Chopping up and then heating dried madder root for over an hour in two vessels - a stainless steel pot and a cast iron pot, I threw in scrim, cheese cloth, silk, cotton , gauze and noille.  The results - for a first shot at it - were pretty good.  Nice pinks achieved in the stainless pot and a really nice burnt orange in the cast iron. I did not pre-mordant.  Next time, I will.

Also had a brass cauldron of chestnuts cooking all day into which I submerged more of the same fabrics.  Those, are still batching. Love my little brass cauldron.

A few blue super moons came out of the indigo vat, too.  Fall fodder for hand stitching.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Every year we celebrate the onset of my favorite season with
 "the planting of the mums."

every year we get ... 
Just a few more.
This year, I may have gone...

Nahhh. You can never have TOO many mums!
Especially when someone helps
You plant them.

Happy Fall!!!

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