On these late days of summer, there's been a lot of activity in my garden. Hungry caterpillars munching away on the butterfly weed and bumble bees gathering pollen during the day and then settling in for the night, wings tucked as they curl up inside the cosmos flowers. Squirrels, always comical to watch, have been feasting on the plentiful seed pods of my witch hazel tree and I love seeing the occasional bunny out for a stroll at dusk.
If you follow me on Instagram you've probably seen the unusual stitching project I've been working on since early July. It started when my husband was getting rid of an old pair of gray camouflage shorts that were falling apart. Knowing me so well, he asked if I might want them for something before he tossed them in the rag bin. The worn pattern was so intriguing that I knew I wanted to stitch on them.
Since I had already mended the shorts once by machine there was some messy zig-zag stitching that I wanted to cover up. That's how the dyed cheesecloth came in and it was handy that I already had a pile with a variety of colors to choose from.
This is what one of my Instagram friends said: "The peaceful sereneness of this 'landscape' puts me on the shore with the gentle waves washing over my feet as I walk, and little tide pools all along the way with the possibility of hidden treasures inside."
When I started stitching I had no plan or specific intention but I did begin to think about water as the piece evolved so I really love her description. 'Tide Pool' sounds like the perfect title. There's still more threadbare fabric so I may have to stitch a few companions : )
Japanese Anemone in my Waterford, CT garden
The world is full of magic things,
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
~ W. B. Yeats
Hi, I'm Kathy an artist working in the mediums of collage and eco-printing. I'm also a rust enthusiast who loves to teach. I enjoy sharing my processes and guiding you along on your creative journey.