Spring is finally, truly here. The daffodils are now gone as are the crocus. Now is the time to seed grass. Since our house was renovated last fall and winter, we are living with the remains of the work. As you can see from the photos out our front door, we have much to do. Plans are in the works for the gardens, but the back yard and fields are crying for grass seed. I don't really like having to mow a lawn, but with kids, you definitely need some areas of grass. I have been working slavishly to get the soil prepped for seeding. There were a lot of rocks churned up in the grass, they took out our propane tank because we switched over to geothermal, but left the hole filled with all kinds of rocky, gravelly soil, and finally there are the remains of our old brick patio and mortal laying around in the most unexpected places. We have been picking up and hauling these remains away, and tilling the soil, raking, and finally seeding, covering and watering. I have two big sections done, but the biggest sections are remaining. I keep telling myself, this too will pass, and it will be a relief to have it done. I look forward to planting the garden sections of the house, but I am waiting to finalize plans and budgets. I will be doing most of the planting myself, landscapers won't an obscene amount of money to seed grass and plant. Luckily, the kids are now beginning to be a big help with it all.
In the meantime, on the nights when I haven't fallen asleep by 9, right after getting my 9 year old son to bed, I sometimes manage to stay awake long enough to do some knitting. I am trying to finish a couple of projects that I started last year. I did manage to weave an hour yesterday.
I have started on a new project. I am not sure where this will lead, but I thought I would show it and see if anyone had suggestions. I was struck by the wonderful lines in the spring onions this year. This year they had lovely loops and curls, I don't remember seeing them like before. Maybe the deer always ate the lovely loops and curls off before I saw them. (Sorry about it being sideways, it is not like this in my photo album, but keeps coming up sideways in blogspot, weird, huh!)
In any case, I decided that I would try a new technique and embroider them onto silk organza. I am embroidering one or two at a time. Now, what should I do. The original idea was to layer them in some type of mounting. Not sure this is going to work. I have also considered just embroidering words around them and mounting them separately. I like them, just not sure what to do with them. Any ideas?
My art has always been driven by my love of the natural world. I like to portray the little things in a big way. I tend to scale my views of nature either full scale or oversized, so that details of color and structure become visible in new ways, conveying the essence of each object and scene as I experience them. I believe that every person has a special relationship to nature, yet in capturing the abstract elements of a plant or animal, it is my hope that people feel a desire to take the time to look more closely at the nature that surrounds them and perhaps gain a new appreciation for each small thing.
My art-to-wear is as much about the process. My designs are usually a mix of recycled fabrics and unique new fabrics , and embellished with ribbon, appliques, or hand stitching. My goal is to design and sew a unique, and eye catching, piece of wearable art that you love to wear.