Friday, July 12, 2013

a busy moon cloth



To my great relief, the calendar moon cloth for June is finished. It's a perfect representation of how June felt to me because it's so busy with color, pattern and texture all happening in one tiny space. June really is a chaotic month, when you think about it -- the endless yard clean-up and simultaneous planting frenzy combined with regular life make it rank as probably my busiest month of the year. I surrender. July's moon cloth will be white.

A double-batch of basil pesto, four more little jars-worth for freezing. The smell of pesto-making awakens olfactory memories -- I can feel the first summer I ever made it and all the summers between then and now.

The honeycomb-bee burlap is from JoAnn's, I went for floss and left with one yard of this. I'm hoping to make some nesting buckets using striped cotton from stash for the lining. My pattern is by maya*made but I don't see it anymore on etsy.

I am usually focused on one particular plant at a time to learn more about it -- by reading, observing, and experiencing firsthand -- some call this approach having a plant ally. Lately I've been spending time with yarrow, Achillea millefolium. It's believed that the most potent yarrow flowers for medicine-making are from plants that have toughed-it-out in the wild and grow much smaller than cultivated ones. The yarrow that lives with me definitely qualifies. I find it so interesting that yarrow both stops and causes bleeding and both dulls pain and heightens consciousness. Plants are much more than just a flavor or one medicinal action, aren't they?

Thanks for coming by and happy weekending. Making yarrow tincture now. xx


12 comments:

handstories said...

your june cloth makes me think of the van gogh's swirling "starry night"! I hope you're resting more this month.

Sandi Meegan said...

Hi! I am a silent follower, just bursting to say how much I adore your moon cloth's. You inspire me to start stitching my own. I linked ver to maya*made and found her pattern on her website for anyone interested. http://mayamade.blogspot.com/p/patterns.html
Pesto looks amazing. The scent must be intoxicating. Mmmm. Thank you for a wonderful plae to visit!

Peggy said...

Cindy, thanks -- that's a very complimentary comment!! :)

Peggy said...

Hi Sandi, thank you for the nice comment, we all inspire each other, don't we? -- and we're all part of a huge creative web whether we blog or not.

That's good to know about the pattern -- thanks for giving the link!

liniecat said...

yes the june moon cloth is full of joie de vie and just perfect...

Peggy said...

Hi Lyn, thank you! On to July . . . .

Nanette said...

Lovely vibrant energy in your moon cloth Peggy...in this whole post. A verdant post!

Nancy said...

Peggy~ Cindy spoke my exact thought! Swirly ~ Starry! I love it! Honored to have contributed 'green'!
The pesto sounds delish :)
The bee cloth is fantastic. Maybe a quiet July moon built upon it?! I so love seeing all the little moons together.

Deb G said...

The yarrow I started is growing well. Maybe next year I'll be able to make tincture? :)

Peggy said...

Thank you, Nancy -- your green was a perfect match! I'm not sure yet about July's, part of me wants color, part wants white. It will be interesting. :)

Peggy said...

Hi Deb -- yes, if you have white yarrow flowers, you'll have the makings for yarrow tincture! For sure.

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Your moon cloth turned out beautiful, I love your whole collection. What will you use your yarrow tincture for?