Wednesday, March 14, 2012

there's a tree spirit in my cloth





The slippery elm tree, Ulmus rubra, and the use of its bark as food and medicine has been on my mind since the new moon. I wanted to sew something ceremonially in elm's honor and found this amaranth eco-dyed cloth in my stash that looked like peeling tree bark. At first I laid it on a light background and it wasn't right. But when I placed it on a dark background, the spirit of slippery elm appeared. Then I added some of Jeannie's (thank you!) beautiful dyed silks and a bit of my oak-leaf dyed wool and the tree trunk appeared. Just like that.

I never saw that face before in that cloth. It makes me wonder what else I've missed -- but at the same time, hopeful about seeing anew. In the case that a seeing-with-new-eyes quote comes to your mind right now, take a look here. I had no idea there were so many famous quotes about seeing. And they're all spot on.

To seeing.

 


21 comments:

deanna7trees said...

fabulous tree spirit. yes, sometimes the time has to be right to see.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

oh, i see many faces talking here...and tiny stars light their conversation. nice.

Trish said...

wow...so beautiful.
To seeing xxx

helen said...

It's great how the blue cloth made her spirit shine out. She is utterly beautiful and I can imagine the thrilled excitement you must have felt when your eyes saw her that first time.

Slippery Elm is important in my life right now and I love love love this ceremonial cloth in her honour....it is perfect.

I am so happy when I 'see'

Martine said...

oh this is wonderful...............

handstories said...

what a find! maybe the spirit didn't have anything to say until now?
& those stars in the last image- this is such a beautiful piece.

Yvonne said...

Slippery, but you've certainly caught her! Love the star fabric paired with the spirit's face.

Jeannie said...

A twinkling spirit cloth! I love the face and it warms my heart to see my cloth used in such a wonderful piece. I really like how the vertebrae show up as well. A strong spirit! Happy stitching!

Velma said...

hi, slippery elm is one of my favorite barks, makes a lovely dye and paper and it medicinal to boot! peels easily, but nothing like the birches. it's wet and, er, slippery!

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Deanna. Feels like magic when it happens.

woman with wings said...

henrietta, thanks, I like that. I see more faces in the cloth, too!

woman with wings said...

Trish, thank you! And yes!

woman with wings said...

Helen, thanks and yes, that experience of seeing was wonderful. I feel like I spend more time staring and less time seeing when it comes to cloth. Wonderful slippery elm. I have a bag of ground bark right here beside me.

woman with wings said...

Martine, thank you, I'm glad you like it!

woman with wings said...

Cindy, thanks -- you're right, maybe it was waiting to be seen at the right time/right place before it spoke! I like that.

woman with wings said...

Yvonne, yes I did! ha. Thanks for the star love.

woman with wings said...

Jeannie, I so love your pieces in this. Do you see the bottom one with the perfect curves to be the base of the tree trunk? So wonderful. Thank you.

woman with wings said...

Velma, oh wow, I'll need to check this out -- I've only used it as food or medicine, not a dye! This is exciting, thanks!!

Chris said...

And to YOU, Peggy! Thanks again.

woman with wings said...

Thanks for coming by, Chris!

liniecat said...

What a great face!! Love it!