24 Feb 2011
I love when things are born like this.
First, I read about the use of medicinal plants among the Mapuche people and learned how you must give something back to the plant (and its spirit) if you pick part of it. Something like a couple of coins, colour yarns or a piece of weaving. How do you give a weaving to a plant, I wondered. Second, I came across this blog and I was delighted to discover how she left small weavings hanging from trees during her walks. Third, I had to make my own small weavings. Instead of dressing the loom, I just picked a needle and yarn and started with this delicate embroidery (that looks much like a weave.)
What do I do with these small pieces? Some pincushions, perhaps? Yes, and I could use some of my own handwoven samples for backing, and fill them with the scrap yarn I've been gathering from scarves weaving, I thought.
This is pretty much how they came to life.
These pincushions are now in the shop.