More leaf stitching
while watching Billy Bob Thornton
and William Hurt
in the first season of Goliath.
stitched and rolled
the vintage tatting thread was too stiff
turned from lovely purple
to almost black
less than 2 inches
without the stem.
More experimenting with threads and yarn.
More leaves being pressed under stacks of books.
Francoise mentioned Alice Fox
in a comment on my last post,
and Fox's work is one of the inspirations
for this new project.
Another is Suzanne Bauer,
who (who knows how)
manages to crochet on leaves!
and Hillary Fayle
also does beautiful work!
I would love to have some of the gorgeous fall leaves
in all of their glory,
but colors are still rare around here.
Each fall, the words from Shelley's
echo in my thoughts--
especially his description
of autumn leaves as
"yellow and black and pale and hectic red."
I'm also playing with birch bark.
Years ago, I stitched birch bark for postcards,
but I can't locate the pictures.
When I made Augustus, I used birch bark for his book.
I machine stitched the birch bark and
added in hyacinth bean pods
and faded day lily blooms.
Still holding up after 5 1/2 years,
although Augustus met some serious damage
from the evil Triad of felines
and has gone to live with Amelia
to avoid the bad cats.
There is something soothing about working with natural materials.