reaching for the stars (halfway there)  Mo18
detail of starry lace stitched with linen thread from the stars cut out of the ivory kid leather
the other side
detail
with the pristine right hand glove waiting for its stars
then I need to make a simple wire armature so they can be seen front and back or alternatively suspend them from the fingertips with very fine thread…

“Reaching for the Stars” is still in process Mo18
cutting out each star with a no 11 scalpel blade and then binding the edge with linen thread
the edge is turning into starry lace
the other side
details
close to finished with this left hand glove, then onto the right hand glove!

The Letter W
from An illuminated Book of Cats
by Mo Okiszewski, Rod Morgan and Ariel P Cat © 2010
It was 45˚C (113˚F) here yesterday… my brain melted down but this morning the memory of this page from our book put the heat into perspective with the deep cold happening on the other side of the world, the balancing act as Jude talks about today over at Spirit Cloth, she helps me keep my head on straight!

Dee Mallon’s pennant arrived on the doorstep yesterday afternoon
(magic is afoot it was New Year’s Eve and on a Sunday!)
Dee is a passionate writer and stitcher for social justice
her pennant is a map for love to find the way to shifting our beautiful broken world
into a place where love is the answer
as she said on her blog late last year
“I can’t see “the answer”. Somehow that is fitting. “
she asks the hard questions,
looking them straight in the eye seeking truth, as she said in this reply on her blog;
“The map idea works for me for this reason too — the sense of disorientation that this administration has provoked has so many of us looking around and wondering where we are and how we got here. Is this bottom? Is this former norm a red line anymore? If these norms of decency and adherence to the constitution are currently dispensed with, is there any getting back to them? How much more seismic can the destruction get? ”
Dee has written about her journey making this pennant on her blog
“In two places, I carefully ripped open the top silk to more clearly represent injury. Like the blood-red beads, the bands that resulted from the long tears suggest that our wounds are a permanent part of the American psyche. Stitching the edges gave me the hands-on, hopeful sense that maybe there is some vantage from which our nation’s wounds show up as things of beauty. ““I used red seed beads to represent the blood of Africans who were kidnapped, transported and sold here. Their blood is a permanent feature of our landscape, as is the legacy of their labor. There is heft to this history. The fruits of enslaved labor are visible in many, many features of our built landscape, so it’s fitting that the lines of red beads are prominent and that they define whole areas.”
“The stitches took on the attributes of surgical repair in some places and of tailor-repair in others. I like how the stitched-down folds created texture when top lit and beautiful shadows when back lit. Imaginatively, the stitched repairs and the resultant shadows came to sometimes resemble a map and at other times, a scarred body. The act of integrating the dark cloth with the light cloth seemed at times to mimic the kind of healing process we all long for.”
the red thread and the star bring such hope that love will find the way
thank you Dee you are shining bright in these strange days for our beautiful broken world!
The Gathering 2018
I dream of a world where love is the answer
mending our beautiful broken world stitch by stitch
with deep gratitude to this magic circle of makers
Liz Ackert
Fiona Dempster
Barry Smith
Dee Mallon
Jude Hill
Judy Martin
Hazel Monte
Els Sneider
Dana Webb
Susi Bancroft
Wendy Watson
Bronwyn Berman
Martine Bos
Beth Brennan
Nancy Erisman
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
Grace Forrest-Maestas
Louise Watson
Michelle Slater
Margarita Sampson
Jane Bodnaruk
Susan Hemann
Roz Hawker
India Flint
Yvette Dopheide
Patricia Spangler
Kathy Dorfer
Glenda Jones
Arlee Barr
Ulrike Bogdan
Olga Cironis
Doris Perlhuhn
Saskia van Herwaarden
Carol Cantrell
Jana Cironis
Christina Haggart
Marti Weisbrich
Tina Zaffiro
Kristin McNamara Freeman
Rene Walkin
Margaret Johnson
Donna Hinchcliff
Eliene St. Romain
Cathy & Sarah Wright
Glenda Chamberlain
Jane Stapleford
Judy Lemezis
Jane Milliken
Linda Summers
Penny Vickery
Dotti Dauter
Maggie Brown
Nanette Gilbert
Aileen Jordan
Gabrielle Bates
Shona Wilson
Joy Banks

love will find the way!
namaste

The Solstice

Posted: December 22, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul
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Honesty Mo17
may you have a suitably Silly Season, a magic Solstice & wonder-filled New Year!
Let it go by Michael LeunigMichael Leunig is a national treasure, his cartoons have kept me almost sane for nearly 50 years!

“The Gathering”
Gathering through the web are a community of stitchers like me, deep listening women from around the earth making strong threads singing
‘I dream of a world where love is the answer”
The rusted steel dress form fit through the front door, the branch is the right size, the wok resting on the legs inside the body of the form is the mold for the egg shell vessel that the branch will grow out of
now that all the pieces are in the house I will draw it to scale and start working!
Liz Ackert’s pennant is here, Dee Mallon’s is on it’s way and Judy Lemezis has sent the first talisman of love for our beautiful broken world
2018 will fly!
Gathering the Dreams
I want to write a better statement & rebuild this blog over the holiday break to clarify where this work is going and to honour everyone who has gathered for love of our beautiful broken world
I raise a glass to toast all you brilliant women
magic is afoot!

the healing magic of stitch

Posted: December 16, 2017 by Mo Crow in friends, It's Crow Time
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On Monday our dear friend Penny who is a nurse and the most caring & compassionate woman I have ever met had a football sized tumour removed from her ovaries as well as a full hysterectomy and laparotomy, she sent this photo yesterday looking so well! When I heard the news that she was going into hospital I stitched a prayer into every one of those 300 little red x’s for her crow nightie/dress made out of an XXL Old Man Crow t-shirt, so happy to hear this good news!
then I received news that another dear friend Eliene who has the biggest & most caring heart is having some deep seated trouble with her lungs, so I sent her Moon Unit I via Express Post, should arrive Monday before the bronchoscopy on Tuesday
May you be well (((Eliene)))
May you breathe with ease
namaste