Posts Tagged ‘magic’

Louise Watson’s pennant  is Mending the Sky
for the pennant project
“I dream of a world where love is the answer”
Louise kindly gave permission to share these photos and words from her blog
“The blue sky behind gave me an idea. I have ironed and backed it with blue fabric and intend to make a feature of the holes. The sunshine brightened the fabric. I think it will be called Mending the Sky. I have an idea of birds in flight and darning stitches.”
photos and words courtesy of Louise Watson in England
these pennants are gathering our hopes and dreams
making strong threads to mend our beautiful broken world stitch by stitch
thank you Louise and everyone who has come onboard
Magic Days!

papier maché moon sanded & trimmed to size W 29cm H 5cm
Once in a Blue Moon tacked down
stretched but the edge of the stitched moon needs work to even up the circumference
have broken 5 needles this morning but getting there, have started making the papier maché mold for the base
making Moon Unit I and Moon Unit II taught me so much

Moon Unit I resting at the Xroads altar cloth by Grace of Windthread
I needed to finish this moon test to release it for the Full Moon by stitching tiny black glass beads into the piping ’round the edge to help balance the two sides of the moon… it may well have been better left alone but I had to give it a go!
from the side
the spiral dark side of the moon
now it’s time to move onto Moon Unit II in preparation for finishing Once in a Blue Moon


Moon-Test-1-Mo17Moon Test 1 Mo17
H 5cm W 10cm
electric blue suede, vintage thread, Abaca paper, blue silk cord, blue piping, vintage starry cloth from Nancy of Pomegranate Trail, grape vine tendrils, 1.5mm & 2mm black leather cord, beads, Lapis Lazuli
side view
dark side of the moon stitched with Gütermann black linen thread
it’s a bit wonky but I learned a lot!
suede doesn’t like paste
the edge of the papier maché mold needs to be reinforced
the decorative piping is a bit too trizzy
Moon Test 2 will resolve more issues before working these ideas into Once in a Blue Moon
“I dream of a world where love is the answer” rough scale drawing
it will be app 10-12 foot high & wide
the 44 pennants cut out of the vintage wedding dress have flown out all around the world
to be filled with good vibes, hopes and dreams and returned by December 2018
will wait to begin making the dreaming tree and moon boat until this time next year as I will need to arrange my studio space to fit it in & make it narrow enough to fit out the front door when it’s ready to go, will start waxing the rusted steel dress form at the gallery soon
with deep gratitude to the wonderful circle of cloth conjurors for the encouragement & good vibes, magic is afoot!

Madeleine tore one of the applique circles out of her skirt to give to the dress & it turned into a heart! then she tied it into the left sleeve with some white silk thread & snipped the tiny frayed heart you can see just below it
the first cut photo courtesy of Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano
the skirt all cut up into pennants ready to fly out to be stitched with hopes and dreams for our beautiful broken world
there’s still plenty of pieces left if you want to come aboard
the cloth is weighty, old and full of story
hold it in your hands, listen with your heart & dream
then do whatever feels right – fray or bind the edges, burn if that’s your turn, add bits of cloth or special beads, feathers, stones, bones, paint or dye, stitch or just fill it with good vibes then when it’s done send it back to me by December 2018
“I dream of a world where love is the answer”
for the Braille for the Soul show at Artsite Gallery in March 2019

PS all of the 45 pennants have flown out but if you want to join this circle make a small talisman and post it to me by December 2018

“I dream of a world where love is the answer”
a line from a new song in process by Old Man Crow
remember that old wedding dress I was gifted a few weeks ago?
and how I was wondering what it could be?
I have invited Madeleine over to make the first cut, we will share a bottle of fine wine to fortify our spirits whilst listening to Rod Stewart singing The First Cut is the Deepest
and then cut the dress up into pennants along the creases
to be stitched with hopes & dreams
which will hang from a dreaming tree bound with the buttoned back for the trunk and the buttoned sleeves will make the branches
the tree will ride in a papier maché moon boat covered in egg shell with Honesty sprouting from the bow and stern on a sea of tulle floating on a rusted iron dress form that lives at Artsite Gallery
this is a call out for anyone interested in stitching their hopes and dreams into a pennant to fly in this dream?
once the first cut is made I will cut the skirt into long pennants and post them out
making crone magic for our beautiful broken world
PS the whole installation will be made up of many parts
as part of the piece I will make a list acknowledging all the participants and where each is from arond the world
for the Braille for the Soul show
at Artsite Gallery
scheduled for March 2019
so there’s plenty of time

PS all 44 pennants have flown out but if you want to join this circle make a small talisman and post it to me by July 2018

Once in a Blue Moon Mo 17
27cm D moon stitched with vintage Cintax mercerized sewing cotton on vintage blue suede from the 80’s
stitching detail
today I will have a go at making a papier mache mold in my iron wok to dome the leather & Old Man Crow (who is much better at mathematics than I am) worked out I will need 38 metres of 1.5 mm of round black leather cord or 57metres of 1mm round black leather cord to stitch a spiral basket form for the dark side of the moon
enjoy the Solstice wherever you are
Magic Days!