Hands At Work, Arrows With Feathers

Daily Draw January 7th, 2012

I got word from Amazon.ca that a playing card deck I ordered back in October is shipping. It was only $6 and has photographs of crazy quilting, one of my favourite artistic expressions and one I often use to embellish handmade jewellery and tarot bags.

Somewhere out in the world there are several people who own tarot bags I embellished this way. I have one myself that I made in 2002 as an insert to go on the bag that came with the Victoria Regina Tarot. I like the old-timey feel of my handwork with different plaids, white cotton lace, and a Scottie dog button to symbolize Victorian Balmoral and needlework.

This will certainly be a cheery pick-me-up next week. I still have tons of silk and silk ribbon and thread, as well as raw silk that I can hand dye, so at some point I must create more crazy quilting. It is so relaxing and fun. Juxtapose to your toes.

TEN OF ARROWS – INSTRUCTION (Ten of Swords)

My eyes keep going to the wheel of arrows stitched on the blanket or tapestry hanging behind the figures. Stitching, revolving, a symmetric pattern, and cozy too.

It’s nice when you have someone to teach you things, particularly if they are dying arts. I know there are people out there, including young people, who are still learning and interested in embroidery, quilting, and textiles but we do seem to be a lost cause. I am self-taught from books but it would have been nice to have a mentor.

After years of fighting to be seen as artists, quilters have zoned out on photographic, machined perfection and the emulation of painted art instead of the handwork I enjoy. It’s great for some but I like hand stitching blocks together; I like the geometry of a block, and doing hand embroidery and hand appliqué. In coming around the circle there is now a subtle denigration of those who don’t make “art quilts.” This is one reason I am discouraged in life. However, there are cycles to such things, much like on this card.

Here’s to feathered arrows, and feathered stars, and to the feather stitch in hand-dyed silk!

 

 

 

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Eccentric erminois dweller.
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