Thursday, October 25, 2012

boro more, dye more, snow more






I've mended the pajama pants a few times already. By now they fall into the category of boro, which means a mended and patched raggedy textile. Another area just gave way so I patched it with more cloth from Herm, a clothmate gone to the great beyond.

The rich brew in the dye-pot is from red maple leaves that dried up before I had a chance to make dye-bundles. I had hoped to experiment with Kathy's very successful method here but ended up with just one silk bundle using the dried leaves. It snowed a few inches last night with more on the way -- I don't know what happens to red leaves in the snow, but yellow ones seem to lose their color. I do hope I get another chance!

Every October we make an altar in memory of deceased loved ones for our Day of the Dead family gathering. The magnifying glass was my grandparents' whose photo is magnified (circa WWII).

Thanks for coming by and happy weekending ahead. xxx


12 comments:

deanna7trees said...

love your altar idea. and love that great phone. was it yours or a find?

Jacky said...

I cant believe it's snowing over there....
I love your altar. I hava a little altar of sorts too...each Sunday (if I am at home), I have a special candle I light for my mum who passed 21 years ago. I have a little photo of her, some bits and bobs I think she would like. It's a nice time to remember her each time I light the candle.
My sister just gave me a beautiful candle, cardamom and vetiver which I'll light for mum.
Beautiful post (hope you get a good result from your dye bath).

Jacky xox

Nancy said...

Peggy~ Lovely, thoughtful post. I love the color of the cloth from Herm and the alter (great phone). Thank you for this snip of your meaningful life.

Ms. said...

BEAUTIFUL POST AS ALWAYS, AND MEMORIES TOO. HURRICANE SANDY DUE HERE SUNDAY WITH WIND SNOW AND DANGER HOO HOO.

Peggy said...

Thanks, Deanna -- that phone is from a collecting kick way back when. I wish it would've been in the family, but no. ;)

Peggy said...

Jacky, what a beautiful ritual you have created, I just love this. I have a photo of my mom in my bedroom that I find myself talking to now and then. But the time you take to connect regularly is so meaningful, so lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Peggy said...

Hi Nancy, thank you. Herm sent me a large envelope stuffed with cloth and trim shortly before she got sick through a friendly swap we did. It's nice to be reminded of her so often....

Peggy said...

Michelle, take care. I heard on the news that New Yorkers need to be prepared to "camp" for 4-5 days! It sounds very exciting, keep us posted. Do you have a space blanket?

montana joe said...

what a lovely group of photos you shared today! i keep going back to them and finding something new to capture my imagination!

i love your altar. dia de los muertos has always held a special place in my life, rather than the candy and costume festooned halloween! it is such a gentle and loving holiday!

liniecat said...

Yes a very touching memorial for loved ones.......such a lovely way to remember them, in your heart and home, rather than just with flowers on cold gravestones.

Marie said...

I have pajamas like that and love them! So soft
Love your altar. Dia de los Muertos is the perfect time to remember those we love. I have created little altars in the past and really enjoy the ceremony of it all. I imagine those I love who have left watching over me and smiling.
Love that old phone!
Have a great week xo <3

Els said...

Ahhh Peggy, lovely to have Herm remembered like that stitched to your pj's !
Love the way you remembered your dead loved ones ....