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outside of Boston
fiber artist in Massachusetts
Interests: quilting, reading, gardening, collage, history - esp. American
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I’m so sorry to hear about this great loss, Grace. Back when I made a quilt about the Indonesian tsunami, which had a butterfly print repeated through the sky, I learned that some cultures believe butterflies are souls flying free of the body. I hope your friend is at peace and free. And may you also be peaceful. 🦋
Toggle Commented 11 hours ago on like some kind of orphan at windthread
after reading this post yesterday, the word that came to mind was "ineffable" -- one definition being, "too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words." When it comes to nailing down why setting a beautiful table has so consistently captured your imagination and efforts over time, maybe you just can't. Maybe even a wordsmith such as yourself just can't. I think of ineffable things being less pedestrian, like the expansive spirituality one feels in nature or the bottomless love for a newborn, say. But isn't it refreshing to think that investing one's talent and creativity into a table setting might also be 'ineffable'? Anyway, like others, I am such a fan of your writing that even if you sucked at everything else, I'd swing by to see what you had to say.And of course, you don't suck at everything else (talk about wordsmithing!!)
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2018 on Blogiversary at Raven and Sparrow
some of the memory flashes from your childhood make me cringe! the dump sign is funny, sort of? maybe like my father removing all our lightbulbs if we'd left them on too many times running...
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2018 on onward at handstories
be well. good luck with change. Change. Maybe finishing isn't the goal, there, either. thanks for whatever you post. always inspiring. always a visual treat.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2018 on Sort of but Not Really at Spirit Cloth
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Some plants just don’t like transition, so there’s that too. Taking a stand is very much in our collective minds and hearts right now. Is the hatred true, too? I don’t know. It is Believed. Clung to. Accepted as true. But the underlying beliefs, I cannot accept as true. Ps. Of commercial cottons batiks are the WORST for handsewing. Can’t tell if that’s batik or not. I hate hand sewing with batiks. There’s that word again. Sigh.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2018 on Standing. Facing. at windthread
Puppy is quite the character. Your words make her come alive. And that picture! What a great capture.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2018 on half way around. Solstice. at windthread
you've captured the gesture of openness with her open palm and the forward movement with her being mid-stride and the quality of spirit with the loosely stitched outline. If only we could all be 'available for whatever comes'.
If anyone is going to partner a delicate grey/taupe well -- it'd be you! Like others, the dragonfly enchants me.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2018 on The next thing at Raven and Sparrow
shaking scissors at others seems like something I might want to do now and again! At least that part of the communication was clear. Couldn't be clearer. Transitions are so upsetting for most of us -- not just children or children with issues -- but most of us! Hope you enjoy your trip out here to see your sister -- it has been cold and rainy for so long that it seems at times that summer will never arrive. But I heard some nice weather is on the way -- hope you get some!
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2018 on elsewhere at handstories
Cuddles. I love your naming! Cuddles -- what a hoot.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2018 on Nogal and Tenzen's world at windthread
I'd love a map, too. It was a surprise, for instance, to learn that you are minutes away from a hospital -- I imagined you worlds away from buildings and houses.
It could've gone another way and I'm so glad for you that it didn't. You ARE an inspiration, whether you mean to be or not -- maybe in large measure because you are "just living as it comes. as it presents."
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2018 on in my element at windthread
here's to reframing!
Toggle Commented May 30, 2018 on Frame of Mind at Spirit Cloth
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I used a heating pad. But today is steamy. The green of this piece really sings. Hope your travel brings all you hope for! love
Toggle Commented May 29, 2018 on Almost June at Spirit Cloth
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look at them! all being. all themselves.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2018 on return at windthread
the net of community stretches wide these days. grateful to be part
Toggle Commented May 29, 2018 on the vow of Refuge at windthread
Is it possible the snake died a natural death? these beginnings of structures are very exciting!
Toggle Commented May 29, 2018 on how things circle back to Plan A at windthread
connecting up is an idea... I also love the spaces between the pieces... as counting. as more than an accident of proximity.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2018 on Out of the Blue at Spirit Cloth
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I, too, held my breath. the playpen?! But my husband and brother (who were friends way back when) caught all manner of reptiles and amphibians as kids... there were often snakes or frogs or turtles in my house. K's dad found a used bathtub and sunk it in their backyard at one point to house one of their turtles. The only time I've ever been in an ambulance was after my brother got bit by a snake he couldn't identify and panicked (turned out to be a water snake). In fourth grade I cut up a picture book about snakes to do a report on them. Which is a long way of saying, the kids' impulse to catch and house a reptile for a spell is totally normal to me (although in the northeast there were VERY few venomous snakes). To live with this level of uncertainty must be unnerving. Have you all learned how to use a snake bite kit? I think the snake might be drawn to the playpen again because I'll bet the plastic gets warmer in the sun than the ground.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2018 on yes. Initiation. at windthread
Like Mo, I love your observations. the naming. your use of caps.
I love this picture... the textures (metal grate, wicker, croc shoe perforations, twigs, fur, the swirl of baby hair) and the story. Such a story. Happy to see Tay looking so relaxed. Happy to hear about you rummaging around in Storage. A necessary step for home building?
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on science at windthread
It's fucking freezing here outside of Boston. I thought I could put my down coats away yesterday. I guess not! My thought was: a wall of rags or A GALLERY WALL. Yes I'm cursing and shouting today.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on Soft Saturday at Spirit Cloth
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May It Be So.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on Soft Saturday at Spirit Cloth
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I can't even post there's such a cloud here. So your stray holds up a mirror and in that somehow there is comfort.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2018 on Slow Change at Spirit Cloth
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I love how she blends in. And the rightness of those reds.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2018 on She is stitched in... at Spirit Cloth
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