Friday, June 1, 2012

rumi moon and bee in my bonnet




A little moon cloth based on the herbal tarot card, The Moon, is coming together -- a rising full moon, three stones, and maybe a sprig of lemon balm as a final touch. The background is pieced together with black linen, velvet, and cotton. Stones are eco-dyed silk and linen. The moon is Rumi cloth (more Rumi cloth photos are in the label links under "written-word cloth projects").

I had a bee in my bonnet this morning. I'd rearranged some of the frames of honeycomb inside the hive boxes, placing empty frames between fuller ones. Wearing a bee suit isn't very comfortable when it's hot outside so as I walked away, I unfastened and flipped back the bonnet. Then I went back to take a photo of the hive. Someone didn't like it so I left. Someone followed me and kept going into my hair. So I slipped the bonnet back on and zipped and velcroed and snapped myself in again. Well, someone was still in the bonnet when I did so. Someone started being very upset. When I realized I had a bee in my bonnet, I tore that suit off -- I'm sure I set a new record for my age group. The photo up there is how it ended up, arms and legs inside out. And someone happily flew off no worse for the wear. I, however, was shaking so badly I went in for rescue remedy.

Live and learn. I'm trying not to take it personally. This seems to be my main lesson when it comes to the bees.

Next moonday is the full moon and if you'd like to create full moon art, stitching, writing, photos, knitting, drawing, etc., I'd love you to join me and share your link in the comments. Or email me and I'll post it on the drawing down the moon page on the sidebar.

Thanks for visiting and happy weekending! xo

16 comments:

deanna7trees said...

wow. glad that bee didn't cause you anything but a scare. love seeing your rumi cloth again.

woman with wings said...

Deanna, thanks, surprised I still have so much left, even after all the strips I've torn off here and there. And the bee. Well, I'm pretty sure my life will be shorter by at least a few days because of that experience. Ha.

Jeannie said...

You just got your aerobic exercise in early today!;) Your Rumi cloth is wonderful and so appropriate for a moon. Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully no bees in your bonnet!

woman with wings said...

Jeannie, I like your positive outlook! And thanks about the moon....I hope you have a great weekend, too -- feels like summer finally!

Ms. said...

Hi--Yes, yes I can post. Perhaps the other person having trouble made an error, and needs to be encouraged to try again. i don't know any one who can't post at a pop up. Of course, I don't know that many on the web. I've been preoccupied so have not even read all the blogs I usually do.

I do have a question-why the freezer paper for the writing of the Rumi cloth? And, how did you develop such a clear handed writing style?

Lastly--happy your bee went free without leaving a stinger...and, hadn't realized you keep bees. A garden, and bees--wow. Your posts are so full of clarity--clean and very beautiful.

woman with wings said...

Michelle, thanks for your kind words. The bees came to the garden last year so we bought a house for them. Truly a novice, I only know what I've read or what the beekeeping shop people told me! Or what the bees teach me, I should add.

And I'm glad the pop-up works for you. Blogger definitely has glitches and I hope anybody else who can't comment will try again, just in case blogger fixes the problem. ;-)

I used freezer paper to stabilize the cloth for writing. It worked pretty well, tried to write as slowly as the verse deserved -- it was nice.

Nancy said...

Oh Peggy...I'd have wet my pants!! Well, not really...but, I am topically allergic to bees - result I swell up HUGE!!
I love that Rumi cloth. I think I'll look at more of it...
And I am writing words to stitch on my sky cloth :)

liniecat said...

Fab rumi cloth and I bet you scared that poor bee to death! tho I hope not lol ............glad you lived to tell the take too!

Jacky said...

Peggy I love your 'Rumi cloth' (and your little tutorial). Your new moon cloth sounds quite lovely.

A bee in your bonnet: now we know where that originates from!!! You poor thing, that would have been scary.

Jacky xox

woman with wings said...

Nancy, oh dear, you gotta be super careful. I have an epi pen here if you ever come visiting. ;-) I haven't been stung once yet, it's sort of like waiting for the first spill on new carpet or the first scratch on a new car. I've met many beekeepers who've been stung lots of times. I just dread it though. And, Nancy, I love your sky cloth, it's gorgeous!

woman with wings said...

Lyn, thanks. And she's fine, it wasn't her time. ;-) ha. But mine will come sooner from the shock to my system, I'm sure of it.

woman with wings said...

Hi Jacky, I saw you were back from your adventures! Thanks, the cloth is a nice bit of stash to have around lately. Yes, I now know first-hand the meaning of bee in your bonnet. It means strip and run for your life looking like a maniac! ;-))

Deb G said...

It's a peculiar feeling, having something crawling on you like that. :) This past week some of the kids and I found a honey bee on the playground that I think had become too cold. I was able to scoop it up, give the children a "lesson" on not touching bees and put it out of their way so that it could hopefully recover...

MulticoloredPieces said...

Came over from Spirit Cloth and was pleasantly surprised to find a fellow bee-keeper! I had a bee in my bonnet just last week--I get it! Enjoyed seeing your stitching and gardening too. Enjoyed my visit!
best from Tunisia,
nadia

woman with wings said...

Hi Nadia, nice to meet you! I laughed out loud when I read your comment. Takes one to know one, yes?
Thanks and see you.

woman with wings said...

Deb, I like your sweet playground story. Future bee-caretakers!