Eclipse of the Moon (go with the flow)

Posted: May 27, 2021 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

The Eclipse of the Moon was visible but didn’t take any decent photos, just stitching away on the
River of Moons (go with the flow)

added three more stars to the first moon and started backing the river with indigo dyed silk velvet from
Jacinta of Spiral Dyed

the silk velvet is giving the river more body and flow

thread beads and x’s hold the cloths together

The March Full Moon needed some old rotted silk to soften the surface

the last three moons edged and laddered

I started this cloth back in August last year when my best friend Julie passed away from brain cancer, she visited in a dream on the weekend which was so good, very affirming, she taught me how to make Tiffany lampshades for pin money when we were young hippies in Nimbin in 1976.  I will finish it on the anniversary of her passing, am not sure what it is… thought it was going to be an accordion book, then thought it could be a section of stream for sale remembered from Richard Brautigan’s “Trout Fishing in America”

Stacked over against the wall were the waterfalls. There were about a dozen of them, ranging from a drop of a few feet to a drop of ten or fifteen feet.
There was one waterfall that was over sixty feet long. There were tags on the pieces of the big falls describing the correct order for putting the falls back together again.
The waterfalls all had price tags on them. They were more expensive than the stream. The waterfalls were selling for $19.00 a foot.
I went into another room where there were piles of sweet-smelling lumber, glowing a soft yellow from a different color skylight above the lumber. In the shadows of the edge of the room under the sloping roof of the building were many sinks and urinals covered with dust, and there was also another waterfall about seventeen feet long, lying there in two lengths and already beginning to gather dust.
I had seen all I wanted of the waterfalls, and now I was very curious about the trout stream, so I followed the salesman’s directions and ended up outside the building.
O I had never in my life seen anything like that trout stream. It was stacked in piles of various lengths: ten, fifteen, twenty feet, etc. There was one pile of hundred-foot lengths. There was also a box of scraps. The scraps were in odd sizes, ranging from six inches to a couple of feet. 
There was a loudspeaker on the side of the building and soft music was coming out. It was a cloudy day and seagulls were circling high overhead.”

(The wonder of this 21st C world, no longer do we have to rely on memory, we can read it again in the blink of an eye! )
Anywho, all these decisions about what this cloth is and where it will go are for when it’s all said and done… for now I’m loving backing it in the silk velvet, it feels so delicious that maybe it’s just for me to share with the close friends who knew Julie well to hold in memory and evoke the good times! How indulgent is that?

with gratitude to the indigo queens, Glennis Shibori Girl, Ulrike Bogdan and Jude Hill

  1. jude says:

    the detail almost hurts Mo, I can feel it

  2. Martine Bos says:

    Oh Mo………………..what to say about this beauty……………

  3. shiborigirl says:

    i love all the textures…

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Glennis))) x fingers I will feel bold enough to add some looser bolder marks by the time this one is finished… but considering I have spent a lifetime getting lost in the fine details, loose bold lines may have to wait for the next lifetime!

  4. Acey says:

    not sure I’d look on it as indulgence at all. To me it’s a very potent layer of intentional medicine making.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Acey))) it may be medicinal on a personal level, this morning I am savouring the connection with those lines from “Trout Fishing in America”, a book from a more silly and perhaps more innocent time for our beautiful broken world. Julie had such a great sense of humour, she always made me laugh so there has to be some fun in this memento mori!

  5. Nancy says:

    Silk velvet and oh those stars!! Such a wonder Mo. I think this type of “indulgent” could be just right, for it will hold the most meaning to those who loved Julie. Be well.

  6. Barry says:

    MC – so much love in this moon work – love of a friend and love of the moon. A beautiful vision to see you stitching as the moon eclipsed. I think the piece and memories will guide you on its purpose when you get there. Go well. B

  7. Eliene says:

    The flow….the flow will always guide you. Those beautiful, hard working hands of yours that produce so many exquisite pieces deserve in more ways than one to hold onto this memory of Julie and all it represents…and to be shared/enjoyed/held by those who knew her. Feel the love!!!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Eliene))) Julie never had any time for the gallery scene, although she did enjoy winning the best floral arrangement & dressmaking classes regularly at the Bellingen Show!

  8. Pete Webb says:

    So beautiful the touch of your heartfelt words. Such a rich feeling alive Love, Death, Beauty how do we hold them together ? Such a paradox that only quietly feeling into them can we accommodate them together within us. Soft pleasures of the heart . Thanks so much for being you. Love Pete
    PS. What has this darkened moon taken with it that we might see more clearly………………….?

  9. Marti says:

    This River of Moons, touching with all of our senses- love, loss, memory and how it all flows from your heart to your hands Mo…your tribute to and for a dear friend, universal in meaning and beauty…the love that flows forever for those who have touched our hearts and souls, our Anam Cara’s, soul friends, for they are always with us on this journey of life.

  10. Saskia van Herwaarden says:


  11. arlee says:

    It’s all the paths along the edges, that lead to the ladders, that i love, like tracking mysteries along a seashore, washed in, washed out, rising and flowing and disappearing into the Whole again.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Arlee))) thanks for these good words of encouragement, backing with the silk velvet is helping to integrate the flow & then there will be lots of stars!

  12. debgorr says:

    Simply, it’s beautiful and I love how you always find the literary tie in. 🙂 And…some things are meant to be held close.

  13. Lana says:

    Your friend would be so touched by what you have created in her memory. We all should be so lucky.

  14. Margaret Johnson says:

    Gorgeous Mo, it makes me feel very emotional. How does it feel in your hands? Your stitching is exquisite….oxox

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