Friday, 14 January 2011

Trees in a Blue Snowy World

Stitching continues....nearly done.
It is about 20" x 18".
Perhaps it should be called "Three January Days".
The gathering of trees beneath and beyond the moons are the focus of this particular story....
Think I have managed to integrate the stream that runs through my woods.
Bringing the rocky ground in has been a problem... appliqué rocks made it look too busy...
The simple outlined rocks are perhaps not important enough!
The potted root-bound tree bottom left is my least favourite part....a week attempt at demonstrating how we humans try to control everything.
The bluest piece I've ever done.

Photographing yesterday's snowstorm reminded me how colourless the woods are when winter strikes.

Couldn't resist finding out what the real world and my world look like combined.
Reminds me of Tolle's words
"In the forest, there is an incomprehensible order that to the mind looks like chaos.
It is beyond the mental categories of good and bad.
You cannot understand it through thought, but you can sense it when you let go of thought, 
become still and alert,
and don't try to understand or explain.
Only then can you be aware of the sacredness of the forest."
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  1. Your forest is such a fabulous piece. I love it that you can create orderly disorder...sorry that is a compliment, believe me.

    I can't think in abstract and I really do envy those of you that can.

    BTW, I do LOVE the blue.

  2. I love this - its a piece that can be looked it over and over again, each time finding another small section that hadn't really registered the time before. I love the idea of 'disorder' in the forest. We were just talking the other day about how - at this time of the year - our forest looks so disorderly. Normally you can't see the forest for the trees - but now you can see the trees (both standing and fallen down) and limbs and boughs and roots all intertwined. It makes me want to go in there and get everything 'organized'! *smile*

  3. O wow Penny i love it and especially the colors.

  4. I would love to have it on my wall, it's beautiful.

  5. What a beautiful piece of work, you must be proud of it.

  6. I love that quote by Tolle.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful piece. It is quite inspiring.

  7. OMG What a gorgeous cloth. I absolutely adore this. Everything. It's amazing. Did I say I love it????

    ;~) Debi

  8. Love this, love this, love it!!!! Gilly

  9. It just dawned on me that you combined both pictures so that they look like shadows of each other. How cool is that!!!!!!

    ;~) Debi

  10. Ooooh Penny!
    This piece is a-ma-zing !!!
    My sincere compliments!

  11. Penny this is beautiful !!!! and I love those striped trees (wonderful fabric for this cloth) and those beautiful moons.

    Great quote.

    Jacky xox

  12. Amazing! Gorgeous! I love, love, love this!

  13. oooooh, this is coming along just GRAND, Penny!
    for the boulders: what if you added some very raggedy edge appliques, in boulder shapes, maybe in a dark gray color so that they sort of disappear but were there *in texture*...?
    And I think your root-bound tree is perfection...not the least bit weak.

  14. I love how there is the sense of a larger circle/moon as a backdrop and yet it includes the rest...wonderful!

  15. i'm about to reveal my dorkier, geek side here...but gazing at your amazingly beautiful and captivating forest, i suddenly could hear the knights of ni:

    “first you must find... another shrubbery! (dramatic chord) then, when you have found the shrubbery, you must place it here, beside this shrubbery, only slightly higher so you get a two layer effect with a little path running down the middle. ("a path! a path!") must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... with... a herring!”
    -monty python and the holy grail

    ni! ni! ni!

  16. Thank you for commenting everyone. Those of you who have an email address attached to your profile, know that I respond directly to you. But for those who don't..thanks.
    Thanks to Christi who has prompted me to try out a piece of critter nibbled grey cotton for the rocks.
    And even thanks to Joe who thinks of Monty Python and the holy Grail when he looks at it!
    Meanwhile I have to let it rest for a bit because Jude's Boro class is fast approaching.

  17. I could so live in your forest, Penny! Your take on the work is quite unique and now it leads me to question what type of creatures live in your forest. Birds, for sure, but what about the others? Perhaps that's another fibre story to be told at a later time. The blues are so quiet and serene, just like the forest after a snowfall. I also like the photoshop bit you did with the two photographs. That would make quite a nice image for a nice card if you do that kind of thing.

  18. I didn't really mean to include "nice" twice in the same sentence. That will teach me not to read before I save!! LOL!

  19. Gorgeous winter cloth, love it!!!

  20. your tree shapes and colours, shades of grey, are so very different to ours, both the coloured and the grey versions are beautiful...k.

  21. Such a beautiful stitched river finding its way through the chaotic yet orderly forest!

  22.'s excellent. just
    excellent. Karen Turner made the
    very best rocks i have seen. they
    are really really hard.
    such work you do!

  23. Penny, This is a magnificent cloth, the colour selection, the variety of stitches and composition are all wonderful. You have created such depth and mystery, I am enthralled.

  24. This is amazing, I could almost walk through this woodland, beneath all three moons!


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