fly-away-heartToday’s Full Moon in Capricorn made me roll up my sleeves and get back to to work, looking hard at each page making sure “The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow” will be ready to go to the printer next month and adding a dash of red to each song with a “ooo” Series 7 Winsor & Newton sable and gouache
gouache-and-series-7-brushstarting each day making a heart talisman bookmark
how-to-make-a-heartdried rose petals wrapped in raw red silk,
red felt cut out with a no 11 scalpel blade, stitched with Gütermann upholstery thread
process-4knotted waxed linen thread
another heartanother heart is finished
5-hearts5 talisman hearts done, 95 to go for the limited edition
key-book-continued-2the key book is also calling
key-book-continuedcontinuing the exploration, looking at patterns of lace found in nature
tax-timeand it’s tax time… the forms arrived in the mail yesterday so it’s time to start crunching the numbers
the gardening keeps our feet on the ground, a roof over the head and food in the bellies
there’s something almost satisfying about looking at all the ins and outs of the business and seeing how we have spent the year but it is a very different head space
the other good news is we met our landlady for the first time ever on Tuesday, she’s our vintage with a wicked sense of humour, a kindred spirit & feeling like we’ll be here in this beautiful old lady of a house for a good while yet, phew!

Bee Happy Book

Posted: June 30, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Bee-Book-cloth-by-Martine-Bos-2015This morning I snipped and stitched Martine’s Bee Happy cloth into the covers for a vintage Chinese accordion book, it’ll be interesting to see what Bronywn Berman does with it next, a bit like a round robin story!Bee-Happy-By-Martine-Bosthe bee is so perfect and the eco dyed silk is softer than skin
Bee-Book-cloth-by-Martine-Boslove how the whole cloth fit so perfectly into the book as if they were made for each other, left the lower section of the paper insert blank for Bronwyn to personalize the cover

9-of-hearts-Mo-159 of hearts for Dee Mallon’s “Hearts for Charleston Quilt”
red felt heart silhouettes from The Stole of Bandaged Hearts,  woven indigo dyed silk organza from the Bower Bird Blues workshop stitched onto a fine indigo dyed daylight moon cloth from Glennis Shibori Girl, indigo dyed hand weave, tribal wishbone, diamond dotted and  bird cloths from Jude Hill, indigo dyed raw silk, red & indigo Gütermann polyester upholstery thread.
9-of-hearts-back-Mo-15the other side
’tis finished and on it’s way to the USA!

9 of hearts

Posted: June 26, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, weave
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9-of-hearts-in-process-3 9 of hearts for Dee Mallon’s “Hearts for Charleston Quilt”
red felt heart silhouettes from The Stole of Bandaged Hearts,  woven indigo dyed silk organza from the Bower Bird Blues workshop stitched onto a fine indigo dyed daylight moon cloth from Glennis Shibori Girl, indigo dyed hand weave, tribal wishbone, diamond dotted and  bird cloths from Jude Hill, indigo dyed raw silk, red & indigo Gütermann polyester upholstery thread.
This is my first ever attempt at cloth weaving with a very visible variation on Jude’s magic glue stitch technique (aka invisible basting) mixed up with a slowed right down to a crawl in places walking stitch. This cloth will be ready to send off to Dee on Monday, it’s some journey!

fits like a glove

Posted: June 22, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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leather-gloves-by-Mo-1Just finished making these fingerless gloves with the leather offcuts from the Crow Book leather-gloves-by-Mo-2they feel so warm and soft, like a second skin gloves-by-MoI’m left handed so the right hand was easier to make then the left gloves by Mo-2 found the hank of Thai silk at the Quilt Show and it worked perfectly with the soft leather but my rough hands snagged the threads, waxing it helped gloves-3each one fits like a glove!

Bee Happy from Martine Bos

Posted: June 20, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Bee-Happy-by-Martine-BosMartine Bos is stitching Bee Happy into cloth this year
these two buzzy bees travelled all the way from The Netherlands to my letterbox this morning
they make my heart sing with the joy of honouring the bees

Sydney Quilt Show 2015

Posted: June 19, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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antique-glove-caseAntique glove case in the Cavalcade of History & Fashion display at the Sydney Quilt Show 2015 galah-dress by Ellen King “Pallette of Pink” by Ellen King (aka dressing like a galah) galah-dress Ellen Kingsuch a fabulous pocket! Galah-Dress-text-Ellen-Kinghere’s a link about galahs boro-revisted“Boro Revisited” by Lisa Johnson boro-detailBoro-textSummer-Storm-by-Eky-Hockey“Summer Storm” by Eky Hockey Summer Storm by Eky Hockey boab-detailSummer-Storm-by-Eky-Hockey-textthis is just a taste of the show here’s a link to the Quilters’ Guild of NSW for more photos