Monday, June 10, 2013

moonday gardens


I've been planting stitches inside and seeds outside. As I stitched on this tiny May moon cloth, I thought about the cycle of bud to bloom, how a bud becomes so swollen it has no choice but to burst into blossom. And so this little full moon followed suit by swelling out trapunto-style (slit, stuffed, stitched). The background of the piece is a repurposed silk sleeve eco-dyed with St. Joan's wort -- it took a bit of loosening up on my part to allow the rough and refined to come together like this.

The pole beans have been planted, one type per pole. This is a working back yard, I try to make use of each and every plant in some way (drying, freezing, tincture, etc.) over a period of time. One year, I'll harvest and freeze nettles and the next year my focus may be on a different wild green -- and so on. It is a low-stress way to get to know most of the plants on this little patch of land I'm lucky enough to care for.

Today is a waxing moonday in the sign of Cancer. A time of possibilities and potential, it feels good now to be home tending inner and outer gardens -- exploring, planting, watering, and nourishing.

As the moon swells into perfect fullness, here's to filling and growing ourselves.

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom." Anais Nin


12 comments:

deanna7trees said...

oh your May cloth is delightful. the kantha stitch gives it so much texture and movement.

Peggy said...

Thank you, Deanna -- it was fun!

Nancy said...

Your garden is s delightful! Please post again when the beans are up the poles, I'd love to see! Love the little moon-n-mushroom cloth.

Jeannie said...

I love your May block. I must admit that I thought those were my cat's toys at the bottom. :) I make them cat nip toys similar to your buds. LOL! Your maypole garden is delightful!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Lovely garden and lovely moon cloth. The stitching adds so much texture to it.
best, nadia

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Love your little mushroom house and all the stitches on your block. Great pole bean posts, reminds me of our teepee. It will look beautiful covered with vines and beans.

Anonymous said...

I think I can see those stitches moving! Maybe dancing!

handstories said...

my comment got away from me, that last one was me...

handstories said...

and now i see it disappeared- good grief, functioning well does not seem to be on the agenda for my day! the original comment said that I think I can see those brilliant stitches dancing, such movement!

Peggy said...

Wonderful women, Nancy, Jeannie, Nadia, Kathy & Cindy -- thank you for nice comments. xo

Starr Sonam said...

Oh this moon cloth is great I recently joined a course with Spirit cloth but haven't done a stitch yet, thank you for the inspiration, mushrooms and moons are 2 of my favourite things x

Peggy said...

Hi Starr and thanks! Maybe I'll see you around over on the class forum. Lots of wonderful ideas and people there.