After such a long time with no time for tangling, I went back to basics again with this highly meditative and simple tile. It allowed for the focus to be on the meditative aspects of tangling, not on the tangling itself. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...
Ran it through an iPhone app next and got this silly version:
The final photos from Deerfield's (MA) Memorial Hall Museum. Enjoy. See the previous 5 posts for the rest.
This post has some additional textiles and some non-textile surprises.
More photos from the recent show which included pieces from their permanent collection, at the Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA.
See the previous four posts for more goodies.
I'm pretty sure this was called "The Last Rose of Summer," and is in their permanent collection. Embroidered.
Beautiful textiles from Deerfield's Memorial Hall Museum continued. This is the fourth installment--and there will be at least two, possibly three more.
And, here we go with more wonderful textiles and other goodies from Deerfield's Memorial Hall Museum. Some are particular to this exhibit which I think is over by 8/31 but others (most of these today, I think) are part of their permanent collection.
If you want to see the first two posts I did on this, they are from yesterday and the day before.
Last--and very definitely least (by comparison), here is my own bedspread. It's mass-produced and frankly, cheap. But when I was making my bed this morning, in between working on this blog post, I suddenly "saw" it for what it is--a pale imitation of these blue and white Deerfield embroideries that I've admired for decades! And I never even made the association before. DUH!
It gave me a huge laugh.
Stay tuned for more Deerfield treats over the next few days. I look a LOT of photos.
A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still line up to see the original.
More from the Memorial Museum's current exhibit in Deerfield MA. For the start of this series, see the previous post.
This may just look like a fussy quilt. But look closer. And look at the next 2 pictures (the white orbs are reflections of ceiling lights--the quilt is under glass). The closer you look, the more impressive it gets. Although I still wouldn't choose to own it, I can admire the EXTREME workmanship. See next photo.
Yes, that is my index finger NEARLY but not quite touching the quilt. I would not touch a textile of this type and age at this point. The finger is there to show you the size of the pieces. Smaller than my much less than 1/2" wide fingernail. I mean, these pieces--all hand sewn together--are 1/4" or LESS in size. Now go back up to the first picture and have another look at how many pieces this quilt contains. Mind-boggling. Story of the quilt in the next photo.
Last week I saw some truly lovely textiles at the Deerfield Memorial Museum. Here's a small portion of what I saw. I'll post more when I can.
Two Done and One Underway
I've been sitting in my house wearing a mask for the last three hours. The HVAC guys are here, creating a separate heating/cooling zone for my second floor, which has been unbearably hot in the afternoons. Since they are here and moving around, I've put on a mask. I didn't notice it until about 15 minutes ago, but now it's increasingly uncomfortable. But if that is what it takes to keep me and them safe, that's what I'll do.
The Mandala Star Rug is getting bound at last, after a lengthy hiatus from all textile work caused by my July meditation teaching schedule. Both of the meditation courses I taught are done (hence the "Done" in today's post title) and all my paperwork around them has been turned in, so now I'm able to go back and finish this "pandemic rug" which has been waiting. You can just see the purple yarn binding part of the lower edge in the above photo. This may turn out to be my all-time favorite rug. And I say that knowing that I designed, color planned, and hooked it, so it's really "all mine." I just love it. Too boastful? I can't help it.
Thus, "Two Done" (the meditation courses) and "One Underway" (finishing the Mandala Star Rug is happening at last).
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society