Gratitude, Bliss

I’ve been writing this post in my head for days. Art-a-Whirl weekend went well. I sold a few things, picked up a few more names on my email list via a give-away sign-up, and connected with new and old friends. The weekend was gorgeous, weather-wise — that week in these parts when crab apple trees, lilacs and tulips show off their blooms simultaneously. Thanks to the slow spring — until the heat wave this week — the spring blooms have had a long run. I’ve felt joyful and thankful all week long, and then stumbled across an embroidery I did when I was 13 years old of e.e. cummings’ well-known poem, now faded. A candidate for the dye pot?

Crab Apple Branch in front yard
embroidery of e. e. cummings poem
Lester following his bliss

Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

10 thoughts on “Gratitude, Bliss”

  1. Glad to hear you had a lovely weekend, was wondering how your art form is received in the States…Lester is a beauty! I want to reach in and rub his tummy! lol
    A late spring has brought you not only beautiful blossoms but beautiful memories too!

  2. I hope your week continued in happy and optimistic mood. It’s such a great time of the year.

  3. Thanks for the visits, dear readers. I really only learned 3 stitches or so, trying them out on this little piece. My sister, as I recall, owned a book called 100 embroidery stitches (or was it 50)? If any of you embroiderers can recommend a good book with just the basics, because I like the basic stitches best, please let me know! When I was 16, after reading the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy (sitting in living room with snow out the front windows in my dad’s favorite chair), I embroidered the poem from Hobbit that starts, “I sit beside the fire and think….”, on a deep turquoise piece of cotton. Lots of practice with the chain stitch over that 3 year period! I also still have that one. Both in my head and in my fabric trunk!

  4. hi Kit!!! my mom mailed me a packet of magazines and included your katazome snippets….YOU SENT ME FISH!!!!!!! thank you so much….. i love all three snippets but the fish hold a special place in my heart. thanks so much… (she also sent me the premier edition of ART QUILTING STUDIO magazine, it looks fabulous and I can’t wait to read it!!!)
    I love your embroidery too…. i am just now trying to sew a weed vine on one of my goddesses….. playing as i go…
    thanks so much (for the snippets)!!!! i will let you know where they end up!!

  5. I think it is so special that you still have the poem done in embroidery from your youth! I am so sentimental that way. Beautiful flowers, adorable cat.

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