Saturday, July 8, 2017

woman drummer

Today is the full moon, a time to acknowledge and maybe even celebrate what has come to fruition, my scrap-linen drum case being one such thing. 

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The three moon squares are hand-dyed bits of cotton and I only used threads from the thread nest for all the handwork. It was French-seamed together on the sewing machine -- the tie is an odd length of plant-dyed silk. 


I love working with linen, it looks and feels beautiful no matter what you do to it. I have a good amount of plant-dyed cloth to use in projects, this is hopefully just the beginning.


Our sweet grass grows in one big clay pot in order to contain it. I want to make up a jar of sweet grass oil with this first cutting -- I read that it should dry for a few days and then infuse the oil for six months. It exudes a heavenly fragrance as it dries and when it burns, so I have high hopes for what it does in oil.


The almost 2-year-old and I followed a huge butterfly as it flitted all around the Buddha garden feeding on larkspur blossoms. A Western Tiger Swallowtail. Huge.


Things I'm noticing...the woad has gone to seed, a section of snow pea vines is kaput and the crickets started up on July 4. Belladonna plants are blooming and forming berries. Our nights are cool, random leaves on trees have turned yellow and red. I think there's a touch of early autumn in the air, the seasons are blurring together again. xx

15 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

what a perfect way to say it...the seasons are blurring...

i LOVE everything here....i love that you live as you do. thank you.

Nancy said...

There is something so smooth and calming about your drum bad. Perhaps it is knowing what it holds and the magic you two can make together. Beauty of a flutter-by!

liniecat said...

Going to recommend your blog to one of our students Claire who is very into making her own salves and potions Peggy hope you won't mind.
She has no sight so reads Facebook and blogs using technology but I think she might find your posts informative.
Keep an eye out fir her would you :)

Judy Martin said...

That woman's drum case is gorgeous.

And I learn so much when ever I visit your blog. So many things that are just right there in front of all of us - but we don't notice. You cause me to notice.

Thank you for your blog and for the inspiring way you pass on your eagerness to understand. xo

Laurie said...

Your drum case is just beautiful. I love linen as well, and took my first plant dyeing class over the weekend. Your gorgeous work inspires me. I was a drummer in elementary school, but let it fall by the wayside. Tomorrow I'm taking a class on rhythm and its effect on the body. We'll be doing lots of playing in the afternoon, and I'm hoping to get my percussive mojo back.

Els said...

Your linen drum case is a beauty with the kantha moons !!!

deemallon said...

Agree with others about the sustenance that can be found here. Your stitching on the drum bag is very beautiful and I like the economy of using threads from the nest only. Is this the same sweet grass that Carolinians use to weave baskets? I never thought that the name might have to do with its fragrance.

Peggy said...

Grace, thank you so much -- if only we had some goats....

Peggy said...

Nancy, thanks -- smooth and calming are good words to describe linen...perfect, actually.

Peggy said...

Lyn -- she and I have become FB friends, thanks for the connection!

Peggy said...

Judy, you inspire me (and many others) as well, thanks so much for the kind words.

Peggy said...

Laurie, thank you. Hey, we have 3 connections...linen love, dyeing with plants, drummer in elementary school. Glad to meet you!

Peggy said...

Els, thank you -- I pretty much enjoyed every single part of making the drum case!

Peggy said...

Dee, many thanks for your kind words. Apparently sweetgrass is a common regional plant name. It's my understanding that area uses a different variety of sweetgrass -- muhlenbergia capillaris filipes -- and this sweetgrass is hierochloe odorata. Fun to investigate but still not sure if the fragrance is similar or not....

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

Peggy as always a very earthy, inspiration post! Love your drum bag, the moons are wonderful.