Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fly away home

A wonderful little boat sailed into my life yesterday ...


a gift from Hazel

The colors took me back to this picture at the Outer Banks, where our oldest and youngest granddaughters met for the first time this past June ...


How did she know?

Hazel wrapped her gift in tie-dyed indigo ...


from which I tore a strip to make a birthday gift for my dear friend Barb in Virginia, stitched with what I have begun to think of as Deb Lacativa's wild peace floss ...


It was a little longer than the pins I've been making, which gave me an idea. What if I signed the inside ...


so the pin can also be worn asemically ...


Hmmm, I think I like it.

So I'm headed to the post office to send more peace pins out into the world ...


Ten to Kristin for the refugees she tutors and has mentioned in comments here. One to Tina in Wisconsin who sent an email request for a pin. One to Deb along with a check for more of her wild peace floss (aka Dirty Threads)

And one to Barb, of course.

Back in July when my once-upon-a-time college roommate came to visit we did lots of the usual tourist-type stuff, visiting a vineyard ...


heading to San Antone (and no, we didn't actually go into the Snake Farm) ...


and listening to music ...


At some point (ha!) along the way, Linda mentioned that her husband John (who didn't make it out to Texas this time) had mentioned wanting a dream catcher for his guitar. 

While she was here, I made her a couple of version 1.0 peace pins ...


But it wasn't until this week that I finally cobbled up a Lone Star version of a dream catcher, complete with Deb's floss and Cascade Trail turkey feathers ...


Now ready to fly away home ...

Friday, September 22, 2017

The tipping point

Dana's word, shown here yesterday, was and is open.

Dana is a lover of words and the words she shared in this post ...

http://ravenandsparrow.typepad.com/raven_and_sparrow/2017/09/imagine-peace.html

speak volumes. And yes, her word is there, at the end.

Read it and read it again. Then vow to answer the call.

Because the world seems to be at a tipping point on this equinoctal day. We need to do all we can to tip it in the right direction ...


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Continuing ... The International Day of Peace

The sun has risen on the Texas Hill Country, the same sun that has already risen and set over The International Day of Peace in Australia, where Fiona Dempster's peace bell rang out ...
https://paperponderings.blogspot.com/2017/09/international-day-of-peace.html

As I often do, I called my congressman this morning (which is to say I talked to his staff), leaving him best wishes on this International Day of Peace and expressing my hope that he will take actions toward securing peace in the days ahead.

My own actions will include stitching more peace pins, like the ones pictured here ...


resting on the back cover of Mo's Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow

As many of you know, the first peace pin flew to Barry Smith in Maleny
http://rustnstuff.blogspot.com/2017/09/imagine-peace-international-peace-day.html
seven months ago ...


It was a response to his call, 
"It's time ... may hope and peace prevail"

Since then, more than 50 peace pins have traveled to six countries and 19 states within the USA ... sent in response to the comments left here.

Those comments are now being stitched into a peace shawl. Some are but a single word, such as this one used with permission from Dana at Raven and Sparrow


Others are phrases, such as this one used with permission from Beth at Still Life Pond


All will eventually be worn asemically ...


in hopes that their outward appearance will trigger questions that lead to conversations about peace.

I intentionally used up the last of the tannin and cochineal dyed linen from the first peace pin. Until now, I had been wanting to "save it." Now I realize "it's time" to let it go, so it can be a part of something bigger.

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N.B. For those of you who share my love of cloth, I commend to your attention the following about tannin and cochineal:

Dana's beautiful series of posts about the tannin-dyed chuppah she created:


And these two articles about the preservation of cochineal dyeing practices:


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How long a day

It is 9:00 am on Wednesday, September 20th in Texas, but it is tomorrow in Australia ... just past midnight on September 21st, the dawning of the International Day of Peace.

I have already sent greetings to Mo, Barry and Fiona. And as I contemplate the hopes for peace that circle the globe, I also envision the ties that stretch from "sea to shining sea" here in the United States.

These two peace shawl patches have already been bound together ...


One was stitched with words from Dee  on the east coast, 
the other with words from Hazel on the west coast.

This stitched on indigo-dyed cloth gifted by Hazel ...


and in the original Peace Pin Project post, Hazel's comment was followed by this from Dee, stitched on cloth originally dyed for the Hearts for Charleston quilt ...


Call and response.

And if my camera refuses to focus today, I will blame it on the tears of frustration evoked by the reckless words uttered at the UN yesterday. Already I have called my senators pleading that they "do something, anything, to keep the president from launching a thermonuclear war."

Only then can we turn to working on reducing global warming, enabling DACA dreamers to become full citizens, and ensuring equal access to quality healthcare for all US citizens. 

We will need to use every minute of this day and the next ...