Friday, August 05, 2016

Stitch Journal: Week 31

The colors of daylilies, bleached grass, and cloudy skies made their way into the final days of July's stitch journal piece.

With the arrival of August came much-needed rain, so I stitched darker colors—those of wet brown bark and evergreens. The water refreshed the many stressed wildflowers and weeds that fill the wild, untended areas around the edges of the yard. The Joe Pye weed—a favorite of groundhogs, butterflies, and hummingbirds—shot up even taller, its purple blooms filling out. I recorded that sudden abundance in the stitch journal with a cluster of violet French knots.

I have grown to enjoy the improvisational nature of this project. A few stitches are laid down and from that small beginning the month's composition grows, sometimes in surprising ways, but always in response to the daily life I observe in this small patch of land in western Massachusetts. 

As we head into the eighth month of the project, I want to thank you for joining me on this journey. I've been enjoying it immensely, and I hope you have been, too. 

Day 211
Stitch Journal, Day 211

Day 212
Stitch Journal, Day 212

Day 213
Stitch Journal, Day 213

Day 214
Stitch Journal, Day 214

Day 215
Stitch Journal, Day 215

Day 216
Stitch Journal, Day 216

Day 217
Stitch Journal, Day 217

If you are enjoying my Stitch Journal project, I hope you'll consider making a purchase from my Etsy Shop to help support it. Funds are needed for stretchers, professional photography, and a website to serve as home for this project and my other artwork.

If you don't wish to make a purchase but just want to support the project, you can do that, too. Thank you!


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