Marti’s pennant for the dream is changing with the elementals!

Posted: July 6, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, The Gathering
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Marti ‘s pennant for the dream is changing with the elementals
“Thought you might like to see what has become of my pennant from I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer: When I received it back from you, I hung it in my pear tree and sent you photos but over the past few months, it has taken a beating hanging out in our pear tree. Winds have buffeted it, rain has soaked it and that is all to the good but it is our fierce sun that has faded the cloth bits to a delicate patina, if I can use that word when describing cloth! What doesn’t fade is the fact that love while at times, fragile, holds. and is always the answer to helping our world.
I love the idea of keeping the pennant outdoors but it was becoming fragile; I didn’t want to deconstruct it so I did some thinking. As much as I love dyeing with the foraged natural gifts that I find in the land, now and then, I get jazzed by the alchemy of creating rusty cloths. The magic that comes from using steel wool strands, rusty pipes, horse shoes, clamps, files, old nails, is terrific. Recently I worked with all of these rusty bits and came up with a cloth that while industrial looking is also reminiscent of the cliffs and markings here in New Mexico. As I looked at this cloth, a light bulb went off in my head! What if I enfolded my fading pennant in this tough cloth. The idea that it would be intact but hidden also appealed to me. Rust takes a long time to fade, I’ve had rusty cloths outdoors for several years and so, I did just that; tucked it inside the rusty cloth and stitched a new cover for my pennant. Sadly the winds tore away the tree and peace symbol talisman, made by Barry Smith, that I had at the end of the pennant but on a positive note, I like the idea that someone may find it on a sandy trail, on the sidewalk or in an arroyo. I did stitch the little piece of blue armature and of course, the star that you sent to the front of the pennant cover. It holds so much joy and connection from the Gathering. I had dyed the lace and tulle bits that you had sent in tea so added a few pieces of lace also to the new pennant cover. The juxtaposition of the delicate lace with the tough rusty cloth I find quite sentimental and I love knowing that the original pennant that shared so many connections with the Gathering flies once again, free in the New Mexico wind, sending its vibe of connection and caring.”
love holds for our beautiful broken world keeping The Dream alive
here’s links to
ripples post 1
ripples post 2
ripples post 3


  1. ravenandsparrow says:

    It is so like Marti to keep the conversation you started with I Dream going. I love the continuing evolution of her pennant and the way the harshly beautiful conditions of her home place enfold and protect it. I also really enjoyed the links, as they contain many pictures I hadn’t seen before….a lovely trip back through a thoroughly inspiring and meaningful experience.

  2. Nancy says:

    Well my goodness Marti (Mo), isn’t this just a wonderful, wonderful story of a beautiful cloth and its journey?!! May we all be held in such lovely ways!

  3. Martine says:

    I really love how Marti’s dream goes on and answers to the elements…………..

  4. Liz A says:

    Mo – Thank you for posting Marti’s words and images here … inspiring us all to continue to dream

    And Marti – when I first saw the pennant I immediately recognized the shape, but was utterly confounded by the colors. Now, reading your words, it all makes perfect sense. And I love that it was you who first instructed me in the nuances of steel wool “dyeing” … it is no wonder that you got such great marks on this new cloth.

    But however tough the rusted cloth may prove to be, I dare to hope a new iteration awaits us in the future … and I laugh as I recently counted the seven layers of covers that have accumulated on my ironing board. May your pennant have many more covers to come … with an everlasting green heart.

  5. jude says:

    i love that it has become a sort of never ending story

  6. deemallon says:

    Lovely. Lovely. In thought, word, deed and heart.

  7. Barry says:

    MC – ephemeral art has such an ongoing beauty. B

  8. Hazel says:

    Oh, my goodness, so many layers of love, telling the story of how it can carry on.

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