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Unequal Terms

Two posts in one day? Who would have thought it, and this one is much more interesting than what follows…….

Did you know that today is Blog Action Day?

Have I ever encountered inequality in my life?

Yes.

Fact, not fiction.

I encounter it every day.

Why? Because I am WOMAN

I deal with it.

Fact.

There will never be total equality in this world. We all have to deal with whatever……. however.

Sampler

Last week we visited Missenden Abbey again. I had the chance to wander in the grounds even though it was a dank and dull day. It seemed to rain whenever I was free to wander, but I specifically wanted to take a photo of these flowers.

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Rudbeckia, otherwise known as Black Eyed Susans and more, is a popular plant in gardens at this time of the year, and is a welcome splash of colour as the days shorten and the sun is less obvious in the sky. However, it wasn’t the perfect bright petals that had drawn my eye but those that were withering and fading. If it had been dry I would have quickly sketched them, but after taking these shots I ran for cover.

 

I began my stitching journey many years ago, first at the feet of my mother and grandmother and stitched my first sampler, which, of course, was in cross-stitch. I still have it, somewhere. In the late 1980s I embarked upon a City and Guilds course in Creative Embroidery (in truth I think it was called something different then). and I stitched another sampler. This time the ‘samples’ were of threads – different types and, due to the subject matter, shades and colour too.

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The subject of the sampler was Rudbeckia. The flowers were hand drawn, then the design transferred to the fabric via a tracing method. Badly stitched (it was very early in the course) it features about a dozen different types of thread, and if you look closely you will see evidence of my very first hand-dyeing efforts. Seeing the Rudbeckias that morning reminded me of this effort, and I think it’s time to make another. This time I will approach it differently. It is on my ‘to do’ list, but first….

….. draw the Rudbeckia!

PLEASE DON’T READ THIS POST

Sometimes, there are things that strike you as so beautiful you just want to keep them to yourself.

Yesterday I met a good friend and we strolled amongst the colours

Some of them were a bit bizarre

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But some of them I just wanted to ‘hold’ on to for ‘ever’

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But as you aren’t reading this I can!

;)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Signs

Today’s inspiration from the Weekly Photo Challenge:

All I wanted was to get a picture of the grid!

Here’s a sign from Just snaps, too.

And a few more worth checking out:

Your vote counts!

If you read my post over here you will know that I have just returned from a show. I’ve spent today sorting out bits and pieces and dealing with the inevitable admin that always rears it’s ugly head after such an occasion. I mentioned on the other blog that I had spent some time talking to my friend Iona. I’ve know her for a number of years – in fact, it’s so long ago I can’t actually remember how we first met, but if you visit her site you will see that she creates inspirational textiles using fibre and stitch.

Iona has been nominated as one of the ‘Artists of the Year’ contentants in Surrey. You can view her work at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey, where there is work by all the finalists. The winner will be the one who receives the most votes, and I plan to go along and cast mine next Saturday. Take a look at her site, and also that of the gallery, and if you are near enough I hope you will visit and view the work for yourself. Photographs don’t do the art justice – you can’t get a proper idea of the texture and depth. Let me know if you are visiting – and if it’s about the same time maybe we can meet in person instead of ‘just online’.

One of Iona’s current projects – worth reading about, see here http://iona-art.com/gallery-stitch/stitch-index.html

Weekly Photo Challenge – Endurance

I know that many of you are aware that I dye. In fact, here are some fabrics that I have been dyeing just this week!

 

There is an element of endurance involved in the dyeing, nothing is instant, taking time improves not only the colours but also the effects.

 

My subject of the Weekly Photo Challenge, however, is none of the above! The subject is some of the vital equipment that I cannot do without!

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After many months of searching, I have finally found rubber gloves that don’t disintegrate after just two days of use! Not only do they last…… they also fit the length of my fingers which mean that I can manipulate the fabric and threads within the dye!

 

Well worth the enduring search………………..!  ;)

 

Just Snaps is now here!

Sometimes Life’s a Magpie!

When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my lovely grandmother. She had a saying that has stayed with me, and this morning I had cause to think of it.

Many of you know that I take a photograph each day of the tree at the bottom of the garden.

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The berries are ripened, and gradually disappearing as avian visitors come to feed, but this morning I was greeted by the beautiful sound of a robin singing his heart out. You can see him in the above picture if you look closely, but here he is a little more clearly, although not so sharply!

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In spite of the season he was obviously,  as Grandma would have said, ‘full of the joys of spring’. Sorting my outside dyeing area was a pleasure until his singing was interrupted by an unwelcome visitor

Although happy, (who wouldn’t be with such ripe red berries to enjoy?) the chatter of the magpie is much less melodic, but his real fun was chasing away the smaller bird. His visit didn’t last long – as with all bullies he was soon off to annoy elsewhere.

So, what happened next?

Mr Robin returned and continued his serenade

He returned to almost exactly the same spot – and his song was as joyful as ever, in fact, he’s still singing some forty minutes later.

You see, occasionally life’s a Magpie! But if you wait you will discover that life’s mostly a Robin.

I hope that today your day is mostly a Robin. Take time to listen.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Dialogue

Hot houses are always hot and steamy – photographs have to be quick – before the lens becomes ‘cloudy’. Here is the roof and the reflection.

Just Snaps is here, and full details of the challenge can be found here.