the saddest most magical year of my life

Posted: October 19, 2022 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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In October last year Old Man Crow was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer so a lot of memories have surfaced as I slowly stitch this Old Man Crow for Ann Wood’s Crow Sew Along
Today a bundle of the most beautiful vintage black lace arrived on my doorstep from the wonderful textile artist Louise Saxton. These beautiful treasures will make some very fine feathers in this Filigree of Memory series of memento mori honouring my magical man.

Comments
  1. Nancy says:

    Oh this crow will be magical! i love studying all of the different bits of cloth you’ve got there. Be well.

  2. Louise says:

    So glad they have found a new home and new purpose ♥️

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Louise))) these vintage and antique laces are such treasures, every piece will be used in the making of this Filigree of Memory which will take the rest of my life, thanks so much!

  3. And I love the bird!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Ann Wood is a brilliant artist, her crow pattern is fabulous with lots of detail and the crow sew along is very inspiring, I keep trying to reinvent different ways to make all the bits and pieces of crow-ness then go back to her pattern and it works much better than my fiddlings!

  4. Karen says:

    ((Mo)) what beautiful fabrics and what a wonderful story they will make

  5. My heart goes out to you, may the great mother guide you through this time of pain and memory, if you want talk time, or you just need to scream give me a ring, if I’m not here just scream into the answering machine, I’ll understand, these breathe through it times, deep in slow out three times, if it doesn’t work punch the fuck out of the wall.❤

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Richie))) thanks so much my beautiful friend from nearly half a century ago. When I need to focus I hold the memory of you centreing your powerful energy in the Praying Mantis form of Taekwondo, it’s so good to reconnect!

  6. Marti says:

    Black lace, delicate yet strong, and in this time of memory and sorrow, woven into the lace, stitched into the body of this wondrous crow, LOVE in all of its manifestations, in its heat, in its transcendent joy, in its everlasting magic…Love holds, spreading its arms/wings around you, honoring what was, what is and what always will be…Mo and Rod, forever.

  7. jude says:

    every time the crows fly, I think of you.

  8. Beth from Still Life Pond says:

    ((( Mo )))

    The holiest of all holidays are those
    Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
    The secret anniversaries of the heart,
    When the full river of feeling overflows;—
    The happy days unclouded to their close;
    The sudden joys that out of darkness start
    As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
    Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
    White as the gleam of a receding sail,
    White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
    White as the whitest lily on a stream,
    These tender memories are;— a Fairy Tale
    Of some enchanted land we know not where,
    But lovely as a landscape in a dream.
    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Your small crow is looking grand. Beautiful wings and feathers. What a treasure trove of black lace! And yes, I also think of you when the crows call. And that is almost everyday here.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Beth))) oh! what a beautiful poem, brought a tear to the eye and went deep into my heart. Swallows were Roderick’s favourite birds, he delighted in their aerial acrobatics as they danced with the wind!

  9. Liz A says:

    (((Mo)))
    Don and I went on an art hike at Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch yesterday. Toward the end, we were shown a reproduction of her painting “A black bird with snow covered red hill” which was done the year after Alfred Stieglitz died. She used to call him Old Crow-feather and I couldn’t help but think of you and Old Man Crow. Hiking back to the bus at the end of the tour, I heard a crow ark-ing and took a video for you. I’ll send it in email … xxoo

  10. debgorr says:

    So much love in this…

  11. deemallon says:

    Even before you begin to compose that collection of black cloth and lace carries so much energy. Why is that? I feel a lot of grief, but also excitement. Love to you 💕

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) yesterday I was feeling so very strange & discombobulated, could barely hold the needle and took me all day to make the crow’s feet but today it’s all coming together, will start feathering this Old Man Crow with a few pieces of Louise’s beautiful old lace & then get onto a life size version. It’s so good to have my mojo back, the Filigree of Memory will keep me making art for the rest of my life or until I have no memory left, whichever comes first … ha!

  12. Lana says:

    I know you will make something beautiful with all that lace. I can’t wait to see your creations.

  13. Saskia van Herwaarden says:

    ((Mo))
    this will all become an amazing Crow

  14. Hazel says:

    Dear Mo, this beautiful crow will hold your love in every stitch and fiber, oxo.

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