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This beautiful Chimayo blanket was woven by an elder weaver of the Ortiz family in Taos, NM for my mother in 1959. She asked for a traditional pattern instead of the fancier and more brightly colored patterns that were appearing as part of a new tourist industry. The blanket he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Here are two more pieces I did as samplers at about 20 -- one in cross stitch, counting every thread "five over-five up" to keep it all even. I took the patterns from and old DMC book that had them graphed -- but good lord, I remember acquiring a new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Here's another work shirt embroidery that I did for my husband. I always liked the idea that the embroidery was to enhance something that already existed, something that could be worn or used. So for a while I was practicing my skills on inexpensive work shirts for my husband, for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Sometimes haute couture breaks my heart because it can be so beautiful, transforming garments not only into works of art but a garment worthy of any epic and fairy tale. Here is a gorgeous piece of extraordinary embroidery: "Valentino spring 2014 couture collection- “Le Jardin d’Eden”, a zirconium-colored tulle dress,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Alas, one of the things I miss most about living in the Midwest is the sticky humid nights when fireflies are every where. We don't get them in Tucson and for me they are synonymous with the summery dank smell of wet grass at twilight, mosquito bites, dirty feet, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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When I was a small child, I never thought that my grandfather or my young mother looked anything alike. And for most of my life I have thought that way -- until now, when I discovered a photograph of him as a young man -- suddenly the resemblance was so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
hahaha -- but he didn't look so nice on! I do have a lovely stranded colorwork pattern for skulls -- which I am planning on making. But I couldn't love this one. I looked like a ghost underneath his glare-- quite washed out. Stay tuned for a few more jaunty skulls!
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Flannery O'Connor: From Mysteries and Manners "I often ask myself what makes a story work, and what makes it hold up as a story and I have decided that it is probably some action, some gesture of a character that is unlike any other in the story, one which indicates... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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We spent the first week of October traveling up to Colorado where my daughter was setting up for her prelim exams in Medieval Spanish and Portuguese Literature. We were there to watch over our 18month granddaughter, Bea while mama wrote all day in the stacks and daddy went to his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Returning home and on the way back, somewhere in the middle of New Mexico, bloomed the worst head cold ever. The hacking, keep you up at night, can't hear, can't breathe, scratchy throat, how much tea can I drink before I feel like I am swimming through the cold. A... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Just tap her to watch her work...multi-tasking like all moms! Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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"Stitched samurai poised On my husband's blue work shirt Swords prepared to act." I was digging deep in the boxes of stored stuff looking for something else and I found this pair of jaunty samurai instead. I embroidered them in my in my early twenties for my (then boyfriend now)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Thinking out of the box is always productive. I needed to replace two steel 36 inch rods in my loom. I checked with the only dealer out there who specializes in replacement parts for my loom, located in Canada. Two Leclrec rods were going to cost me with shipping --$80.00.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I have almost finished restoring my loom which took something of a hit when it was stored for a number of years, and then returned with missing parts and broken parts. It has been an age since I have set up a warp, threaded heddles, and sat at the beam.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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What a beautiful hike up the Ute Trail where at around 7,000 ft there was a profusion of wildflowers blooming brightly beneath the pines. It was a huff and puff for me to catch my breath initially, but I adjusted to the thinner air and then didn't want to leave... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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So it happens in this hot and rainless Tucson summer, that I miss and long for the lush green of a midwest summer; the gardens exploding with fruit and flowers. So these three verses from Dylan Thomas' beautiful "Fern Hill." And as I was green and carefree, famous among the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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One of the great pleasures of living in the desert is when the monsoon comes and the dry desert soil drinks deeply -- and then, quite magically, turns verdant and lush, blooming everywhere. Over the last ten days or so we have had over four inches of rain which is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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"When with the skin you do acknowledge drought, The dry in the voice, the lightness of feet, the fine Flake of the heat at every level line; "When with the hand you learn to touch without Surprise the spine for the leaf, the prickled petal, The stone scorched in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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We continue to have such a healthy monsoon rain (and I am betting we may make it into the top ten monsoons for Tucson's historical record ) that our small backyard garden begins to look more like Seattle rather than the desert. Every afternoon the clouds swell over the mountains... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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We are waiting all of us for the arrival of a second granddaughter. In the meantime, there are mountains to hike, clean air to breathe, wildflowers to identitfy, and a mountain spirit to be instilled, as it was in her older sister, in the sweet girl forthcoming. (Update: a midnight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Congratulations to my mountain-daughter who was hiking yesterday high up in the Flat Irons of the Colorado Front Range, her two year old on her back and at 39 weeks pregnant. She came home, went into labor and delivered a beautiful baby boy, Luciano. All are healthy and happy. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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That's was my husband's question to me when he made some homemade linguine and was trying to determine whether he had rolled out a sufficient amount. It was a lot -- trust me. And we ate it over two days. Soooo good. Once, a long time ago, my father and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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With the birth of a new grandson, there was much to be done as grandparents to meet and swoon over the wee boy, to store frozen meals for later in my daughter's refrigerator, and to play, rough-house, and amuse the new older sister, feeling slightly confused at being displaced from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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This is one of my favorite spots in the Flat Irons -- Woods Quarry on the McClintock Trail. Originally someone had the idea to quarry the slabs of rocks on the mountain's face at about 14k feet. They probably should have thought more clearly about the logistics of hauling tons... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I love knitting cables -- so structurally complex and varied, and I have wondered how in the world did that ancestor knitter decide one day to create such intricate patterns? Hiking in the Colorado Flat Irons revealed a possible answer...Nature has ever been the first teacher in the art of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft