Thursday, August 26, 2010

signs of fall and a worldwide band of stitchers

These choral red spider lilies are popping up all over my ruefully neglected garden. I love their determination and grace. Their annual appearance is the first sign that fall will actually happen again this year. The stifling heat is giving away to cooler days, which brings energy and ambition. My dreams and plans are always most plentiful this time of year.  There are so many things I want to take on. The front garden needs a total rework and a new stone walk, the home office needs repainting, and my head is spinning with work ideas...

I am starting off by joining India Flint's global sewing circle. Each participant will find a simple pre-used textile, that will be renewed and embellished with patching, mending, and stitching. Progress will be chronicled and shared on the blog, and sometime next year there will be an opportunity for the participants to meet up with India for a few days of dyeing, sharing, and celebrating. Several locations around the world will be selected for these events. This wonderful project will evolve over time, but the general idea is to enjoy the art of sewing, preserving, gathering, and dreaming, while sharing ideas and experiences with friends. Novices and experts alike are invited to join. For more detailed information check out India's project description. I encourage you to sign up!

Stitching and mending images courtesy of India Flint.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

ready to show

phew, the last few weeks have gone by in a blur. The final stitches are done, the artwork is packaged, delivered, and hung. The show at Warm Springs Gallery is underway and I am very proud over how it came together. The show will be on display until middle of September, so if you happen to travel through this beautiful corner of the world, please stop by.

There are still plenty of things awaiting this month, such as sending my son off to college (must get hold of some of those extra long twin sheets), finishing three commission pieces for the new ed-school building at University of Virginia (move-in is next week), and the start of the soccer season for my younger son. All fun, and exciting.

A few more tidbits to share, periwinklebloom's and inleaf's beautiful toddler halter is now available in my shop. We are so proud of this collaboration and hope you will like it too. Last, but not least, there is a summer sale going on in the shop. Everything is 15% off for my blog and facebook friends until August 20. Just enter "inleafintro" in the discount box at checkout.

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