The Leaf Dance

Posted: November 11, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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leafdancingWhilst stitching a pear leaf into the ‘Out of the Blue’ book this morning I had a little break
& visited Jude Hill over at Spirit Cloth to find her dancing with leaves too!
I love the synchronicity and observing the balancing act of our planet across the ether
it’s cold here in Sydney for November & it’s warm over there in New York
mending-a-leafstitching the fragile dry leaf into my book shattered some of the edges
so I am repairing them with a bit of very old German lace
leaf-and-asemic-writing& here’s a photo of the melaleuca bark, papyrus and native grass that created the asemic writing above LHS
bark-grass-papyrusa few hours later…’tis done the edge was too fragile to do any more stitching so I painted little white dots
highly influenced by seeing Joshua Yeldham’s brilliant survey show

  1. Marti says:

    Lace and leaf: my eye just stays there, transfixed at the leathery and ethereal fragility and beauty before me…

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks for the good words Marti, I wasn’t happy with my stitching it was too coarse in relationship to the fragilty of the leaf but the lace helps, I want to do more with the edge but have to go very carefully as the dry leaf is so very fragile

  2. I am loving your leaf dance, Christine at has been stitching with leaves, it must be the time of year, well for us in the north anyway.

  3. saskia says:

    love how you’re repairing the leaf with lace

  4. Liz says:

    Neither lace nor leaf alone would have been as wondrous as the two together … truly a dance in stitch on both the back and the front
    And many thanks for the list of leaf-lovers … I knew of some, but will enjoy perusing more

  5. Jane B (epocktextiles) says:

    wow I love the lace on the leaf. Have you looked at Hannah Streefkerk’s work? She did the wrapped stones “to care for” at sculptures this year.

  6. Jane B (epocktextiles) says:

    should have included the link
    Hannah Streefkerk

  7. fiberels says:

    Your “out of the blue” book is so wonderful ! Must be great working on it and seeing it grow … stitch by stitch

    • Mo Crow says:

      it’s just a little warm up exercise to start each day Els, am really enjoying finding a place for all those little bits and pieces as they surface and then having the freedom to play with them!

  8. Susan C says:

    I love the suggestion of line made from the crisscross stitches to hold that leaf in place. The pressed plants and stitching are lovely, Mo.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks for the good words Susan I was disappointed with the coarseness of the stitches especially when they were harming the leaf more than mending it early this morning but it has resolved itself now with the added lace and the white dots

  9. Dana says:

    The lace, stitches and dots meld so well with the leaf…its surprising but true. Each compounding mark brings the whole closer together. Thanks for all the links….you always suggest such interesting people.

  10. Anita says:

    I really like this. So delicate and evocative.

  11. debgorr says:

    That leaf and lace is all kinds of beauty…

  12. Carol says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Mo! Words fail me…

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