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As usual, I've been making mini prairie threadpaintings for Handmade House, where I am still fully enjoying my time there. I am excited to work three shifts (Fri, Tues, Fri) in the next ten days because the FRINGE Festival has rolled into town! : ) Even after I moved away from Saskatoon, I always came back for the Fringe. It's busking and street performers and plays and skits and music and crafts and food late into the night for over a week, right there on Broadway. !! : )
I've been stitching away to finish some more pieces for the grant project. I am nearly finished another moon. I want to say, 'Prairie Moon' which isn't really fair since the moon is seen everywhere... But as a prairie dweller, there's a close relationship with all aspects of the big, unrestricted sky. Sometimes at night, there is nothing to look at but beautiful Luna. So, here is my 'Blue Moon' in progress.
The Blue Moon is just a name for the second full moon in one calendar month. It isn't really blue, but I wanted it to be. So here it is... it's taken days to make all these eyelet stitches. I'm so close to being done. The hoop is quite big. The yarns are everything from acrylic to cotton to silk. Some sparkle!
Now I have a natural moon, a honey moon, a blood moon, and this blue moon. There are many mroe to come... and they are all different sizes too!
I've been really into blue lately. While dropping off art on Monday to Handmade House, I decided I couldn't stand it anymore. I LOVE this bowl so much, and so I made it mine.
When I look at this bowl, I see a familiar landscape. All my life, I've driven over that hill north of North Battleford, where all of a sudden everyone in the vehicle exclaims, "I SEE THE LAKE!". It's Jackfish Lake where I grew up. This bowl represents that point where you get to the top of the hill and can see that huge lake. In the 70's when we didn't have air conditioned vehicles, we practically cried it out, laughing at the same time. The outside of the blow reminds me of the farmers' land... and then up at the very top, it's water. It's hugely comforting for me to see this bowl, and so I keep it on my sewing table. Perhaps it will collect clippings of yarn?
*** May it never break ***
I think my summer will continue to be intermittent when it comes to blogging. I'm getting lots done, and going to make some trips out to the cabin soon. I hope you are enjoying your summer.
p.s. Have you been to Weyburn? What did you think about all the fibre art exhibitions? Maybe I'll see you on Instagram.