Glory, Glory

This brilliantly warm cocoon is dripping with beads, its weight spins it slowly around as it holds space. Space for dreams, for creativity, for love of making and life. 

Made for my mentor/art-sister/friend.  To hang in her studio. 

Keep up your shining, dear heart, I adore you. 

Wool/silk yarn, felted, dyed and embellished by hand. Glass beads, citrine, copper, cotton. 

For the curious: original weight was approximately 0.4 ounces, final weight- 3.6 ounces! This one is up there in heft for my cocoons, I loved every single stitch of it! 

Cotton in Blue

This scarf is 100% cotton, and was a 100% dye challenge I set myself. 

 

My comfort zone is my beloved wool & silk blend, and wool in general. I've been dyeing these fibers for years, I know what my dyes will do, and can dance with "mistakes" and make them sing.

Cotton is not something I know about. It takes extra chemicals and doesn't respond as vibrantly as wool tends to.  I wanted to experiment with cotton as a potential for making bags, and wearables, of course. I ordered yarn, dye and soda ash. 

Challenge accepted. 

 

  I had no true expectation, so I was pleasantly surprised by the pale mint and blues that I pulled from the dye pot, I think it went quite well. 

This scarf is in the shop right now. 

It is narrow and long enough to wrap a bit, a perfect scarf for the Southern 'winter'. 

The Opening

Hi!!

Guess what? Something really super happened a few weeks ago! This cocoon is the reason for all of my excitement!   To be fair, I'm always excited about cocoons, but this one, this one is going to a Show!

In Public!  

To be seen by people I don't know and have never, will never meet! 

This is my first foray into galleries, and I am thrilled and honored to be part of Fiber at Liberty Town!   If you're in the Fredericksburg, VA area, do go check it out!  The show runs from October 2nd through November 1st.  Let me know if you make it! 

Why Liberty Town?  I used to live in the area, and have been keeping an eye out in general for a show that felt like a good fit for me and my cocoons. A good chunk of my family still lives in there, and it feels good sending one of my pieces home, even if I can't make it up there myself. 

 

 

The Guardian

The Guardian, a custom cocoon for a talented jewelry artist I met this summer.  She reached out initially about a different cocoon, but ultimately chose for me to make one just for her.  True Self, finding Her, sacred space, trees, and gentle energy were our themes.

Tendrils, greens and rich blues were requested. Though it turned out more purple than blue, I ended up loving the evening-twilight-between duskiness of the colors. The sway of tendrils weighted down with beads.  Tucked in here and there are beads she sent me to use.  The inside speaks of geodes, the tendrils of roots (rooting down into her inner self-journey).

Opening to the light.

Journey within, find the jeweled cave, your shining soul, heal, rest, love. 

Grace

Being graceful can be awkward.  It can seem downright impossible. 

We all lack grace, here and there, in movement and in heart. 

I know I clench up so hard some days that the thought of moving through that brick wall of frustration seems impossible.  It reflects in my physical world- I drop things, spilling tea or beads, banging shins on tables that haven't been moved for years.  I've learned to stay away from the tooling bench on days like those.  Eventually, I move on auto pilot into self-care, a bath, the gym or some yoga, stitching small things onto other small things, writing it all out, screaming in the car.  Sometimes, I'm particularly in tune, and I do these things with purpose, examining the trail that lead me to that point, backtracking, finding my own north once more. 

It comes back, the Grace we need to move through the world with an open heart, willing to listen and support those who need it.  

Reconnect with yourself, and grace will find you. 

 

 

Wool & silk yarn has been knitted, felted and dyed Lavender with hints of mossy green. It has been adorned with cotton thread, glass beads, fluorite and amethyst.  

 

Find Grace here

The Summer

Lush, with greens growing every which way. 

Bright, with sunlight filtering through the leaves of the trees that shelter our home. 

Deep, roots digging down in search of water. 

Growing tall with the summer, the plants grow with abandon. 

 

Wool & Silk yarn, knitted, felted and dyed. Embellished with cotton thread, glass and stone beads, with a dangling piece of sea glass plucked from the shore of the Irish Sea years ago.  

 

Just for fun, I've started weighing the cocoons.  This one started out just 8 grams (0.3 ounces).  Now finished, it weighs 35 grams (1.25 ounces)!

Fly away home

These three cocoons recently found their home, all together, I like that. 


The process of selling art online is a strange one.  


I had forgotten my phone at home that day. (A lovely surprise) When I checked my email that evening after returning, there it was- the email saying that someone had decided to bring my art into her home.  I was gob smacked for a minute, and then it hit me, the way it always does- that people want what I have made, what I have created with my two hands and heart.  


I’m used to selling at art shows, introducing my art to people that are right in front of the work, touching and hearing the stories behind each piece.  Setting up shop online removes that conversation, and it makes it harder to describe what I’m trying to do when I make art, especially the cocoons.  

Harder might not be the right word… It’s more that I have to dig a little deeper, to make up for the lack of body language and physical proximity.  Writing about my work has made me a better communicator of elusive feelings and forces me to construct words around the work of my hands.  I’d much rather chat with someone, to have help in exploring our vocabulary to explain what each piece brings forth!  

I love my online shop though, it connects me to people that I’ll probably never meet in person.  It allows dear strangers to see what I have to offer the world, and invites them to join in. 

All of this is to say, I suppose, thank you, and welcome! 

A wee mouse

A custom order for a sweet soul.  It came out so dear and small, it felt like a mouse, in the best way. Tiny, delicate, yet powerful.

Coming True

If you've been following me on social media, you already know.

I've added to our household.

Might I introduce you to Ms.Bennet? She's a Baby Wolf Loom, and new to me, I think she's about 10 years old, but who's counting when you work perfectly?!

Smitten is the word I've been using, but it's not enough. Watching the pieces fall back into place after not being used for 10 years, feeling the rhythm develop in my hands and feet, watching the fabric grow... it has been magic making makery.

 

I even did the 'homework' suggested in the book I'm using to brush the cobwebs off with a smile on my face! Now I'm on to my first scarf, and already it's full of love and mistakes, I can't wait to finish it!