Gardens are also good places
in search of medieval
plants whose leaves,
when they drop off
turn into birds
if they fall on land,
and colored carp if they
plop into water.
…Even the prick of the thistle,
queen of the weeds, revives
your secret belief
in perpetual spring,
your faith that for every hurt
there is a leaf to cure it.
excerpt from “In Perpetual Spring“
by Amy Gerstler
Another journal finished today.
The fabric cover is hand-embroidered Indian cotton with foliage and flowers stenciled in metallic green fabric paints.
There are three embroidered Allium flowers in improbable hues (but then the Allium DOES have such an improbable flower, to begin with, doesn’t it? I love their big, starry balls of vivid color!) were worked using a technique I learned from Janet Haigh’s book The Embroiderer’s Floral...star stitches and French knots, mainly, on felt bases.
The journal’s binding is flat-backed, case-bound, with a hand-stitched headband in variegated shades of greens and blues.
Dimensions are W 12cm. x H 17 cm. x D 4cm. Textblock is 200 leaves (400 pages) of Edición 110 gsm in avorio (ivory), endpapers are in aubergine.
The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic (Allium sativum), though not all members of the genus are as flavorful as garlic, onions, leeks, scallions and shallots. Some Allium species, including A. cristophii and A. giganteum, are used as border plants for their ornamental flowers, and their “architectural” qualities.
I’ve popped this into my shop…only the second thing I’ve ever put up for sale! Patience, grasshopper! Slowly I will get the hang of this selling handmade things online…
Postscript: Many thanks to Denise Felton, of CraftGossip.Com, for mentioning our Allium journal on her extensive craft blog! A craft tutorial for probably everything ever created? I reckon Denise has got it. So many projects and ideas over there that if I don’t limit my visits to a couple of days a week, I’m soon overwhelmed…so many lovely things to make, so little time!