Archive for the ‘knots and nests’ Category

marking time counting crows

Posted: June 27, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests
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two-for-mirth-in-processThe 100 Crow Books will be ready this Friday!
in the meantime I’m marking time counting crows (a work in process)
one-for-sorrowOne for sorrow
tektite, grape vine tendril, vintage cloth, Japanese paper, ink, thread, glass beads
Two-for-mirth-Mo16Two for mirth
grape vine tendrils, glass beads, Habu paper moire yarn,  linen thread, red felt, rose petals, embroidered vintage cotton ribbon
three-for-a-weddingThree for a wedding
grape vine tendril, Dungeons & Dragons dice, bone skull bead from India, black glass feather by Kathy Dorfer, thread, parchment, ink, vintage hand stitched lace
four-for-a-birthFour for a birth
Zig-Zag (Acacia sp), grape vine tendril, Japanese abaca paper, eggshell, thread, feather, painted twig from a palm inflorescence, antique parchment, ink, rosebud
five-for-silver-Mo16Five for silver
pentacle button,  vintage lace, silver beads, linen thread, antique parchment, ink
six-for-goldSix for gold
hexagram, gold silk coccoon, grape vine tendril, threads
seven-for-a-secretSeven for a secret not to be told
crow feathers, thread
horn-in-processantique car horn, grape vine tendrils, thread, tortured willow


Posted: January 20, 2016 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests

nest by Mo16Nest  Mo 16
13cm W x 7cm H
needle lace with Zig-Zag (Acacia sp) a few beads and a grape vine tentdril
nest-2016-Mostitched under the influence of Janine Burke’s “Nest – The Art of Birds” 2012
Nest the Art of Birds by Janine Burke

with good intent

Posted: July 31, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests
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Crow-Amulet-III-Mo-15-eyeCrow Amulet III Mo 15 glass crow eye and feathers lampworked by Kathy Dorfer, leather, linen thread, beading cord & glass beads filled with rose petals for love, lemon scented gum for spirit of place, lavender for healing & rosemary for remembrance all wrapped up in raw red silk and every knot is made with magical intent Crow-Amulet-III-Mo-15-for-protectionKathy’s work fills our house with such strong healing magic you can see more here, here, here, here, here, here & here & on her blog and Etsy shop

Toad Moon

Posted: May 3, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests, Lace
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Toad-Moon-by-Mo-15Toad Moon by Mo 15
cane toad skin, passionfruit vine tendrils, flax cord, cotton perle &  silk thread, antique lace, carved wood button, emu feathers, pearl, clay & glass beads
Toad-Moon-innards-Mo15innards are coiled flax stitched with cotton perle, edged with hand twined silk rags and passionfruit tendrils
Toad-Moon-antique-lace-and-pearl-bead-detailantique lace over tea dyed cotton scrim and silk hankie quilted through the leather
Toad-Moon-lipsa wry smile showing the pearly teeth
I love the synchronicity of Patricia Spangler’s post about Toadshade aka Trillium Luteum over in Asheville, North Carolina
her baskowl was a big influence on making this piece!


Posted: April 19, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests
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mending-the-very-good-jacketwhilst mending the never ending story of a very good jacket this face appeared and I recognized it in this shell! mending-detailour old lady of a house needed a little mending too mended-wall-detailthe wall out the front was getting a bit too dangerous so we tied it together with some string & filled the cracks mended-wall I made a new shell and string curtain to replace the last one which was nicked one dark and starless night… this one tangles easily in the wind but as I gently tease out the strands
I recite Henrietta of Thread Reading‘s wise mom’s words
“never cut a knot, always untie it. If you can’t figure out how to untie a knot,
you’ll never figure out how to solve your problems.”
I had always cut knots out before… you can see more of Henrietta’s inspiring stitching here

Rolling in the Deep (Blue)

Posted: October 7, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests
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rolling in the deep (blue) Mo 2014‘Rolling in the Deep (Blue)’ Mo 2014 (true scale)
azurite, lapis lazuli, indigo dyed silk cord from Dee Mallon Cloth Company & Sericin Silk Fibre from Unique Stitching, vintage glass beads from Africa
detail (scale app 3:1)
rolling in the deep blue Mo 14made whilst listening to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” & Aretha’s cover

A Barrel of Fun

Posted: July 21, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests, weave

A-Barrel-of-Fun-by-Mo-2014“A Barrel of Fun” by Mo &  Old Man Crow 2014
a section of black bamboo, grape vine tendrils wrapped with silk/steel thread, rose dyed linen thread
A-Barrel-of-Fun-Mo-2014this one makes me laugh!
A-Barrel-of-Fun-from-above-Mo-2014Old Man Crow kindly cut the bamboo with the jigsaw and came up with the name


The Path of Heart (handle with care)

Posted: July 19, 2014 by Mo Crow in knots and nests
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path-of-heart detail Mo 2014The Path of Heart (handle with care) by Mo 2014
hand twined ochre dyed string, rainbow lorikeet feathers, grape vine tendril, vintage glass “chakra” beads from Africa, a few very old ceramic beads from Peru, quartz crystal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, agate, red seed, vintage Silkworm Thread, silk wrapped steel
path-of-heart-Mo-2014detail of feathers and beads
I have had that old Joni Mitchell song “Hejira” from 1976 running on repeat in the memory banks for the last few days
This one feels like a returning to myself, to that young wild thing with the big dreams living out in the bush making feather and shell earrings by 12 candlelight…

Crow-Eye-Amulet-detail-Mo-2014The Crow Eye Amulet by Mo 2014
glass crow eye and black feather beads by Kathy Dorfer
Dalmatian Jasper, jet, bone & clay beads, grape vine tendril, Silver Sebright chicken feather, eel skin, cobbled together with various B&W threads and cords
Crow-Eye-Amulet--detail-2-Mo-2014adding the eel skin in the final hour surprised me!
Crow-Eye-Amulet-Mo-2014This is the fourth Crow Eye Amulet made this year
The Miraculous Goat’s Eye Amulet that became a Crow’s Eye
Crow Eye Talisman for the Solstice
The Ghost Fish Memory Keeper
and  there is also
The Eye for Seeing in the Dark of the Moon

Sea Dreaming

Posted: June 28, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, knots and nests, weave
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sea dream by Mo 2014“Sea Dreaming” by Mo 2014
larimar, moss agate, howlite, sea glass, clay beads (from Africa & Peru)
silk wrapped steel thread, raw linen & hemp string
sea dream detail by Mo 2014the natural larimar has such a gentle soothing energy
sea dream larimar Mo 2014and love this piece of barnacle
sea dream detail 2 Mo 2014made with thanks to the energy of the Cancer New Moon