Friendlier to self.

Posted in learning, Lenard Cohen, mindfulness, poetry words, praise, remembrance, wonder with tags , , , , on October 15, 2016 by starhandarts

Judy and FriendsIf you’ve followed this stream at all you’ll be aware that the inner self flow has been a struggle for some months now. Recently I streamed a YouTube of K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. A sweet and deeply moving experience. After that, I found a Pema Chodron interview with her that also hooked in deeply. The following is a list of high lights that went deep. Isn’t it interesting that the stuff we need rolls along right at our feet? Yeah!

Practicing unconditional friendliness towards oneself.

What does your difficulty bring up in to guide you?

We are fundamentally good.

Touch yourself with kindness.

The less there is of me the happier I am, Leonard Cohen story.

Be in and of service whatever you do.

When things fall apart, find the treasure being offered in that moment.

Well just wow, it’s all in those thoughts and ideas, at least I can find it there.

Walking on in a new light. Service to others and kindness to self. Keeps the balance. Treasure indeed.

Oh yes, it’s the full moon as well. Big, fat, pulling the tides and lighting the night.

A Jewel clears the Fallow Fog

Posted in Artwork with tags , , , , , , , on September 29, 2016 by starhandarts

all-my-temari-new-pink-and-green-2 all-my-temari-new-pink-and-green-5This new Temari comes through the fallow fog that has been surrounding me for several months. It is 39 cm. circumference, A C10 with 12 centers and 2 layers of pattern. It joins a growing number of ‘friends’ in the Pink and Green group.

The fallow fog has me wondering what, how, when, and every other question about my well being. It has been rare to feel so alien to my out pouring of creative energy and its manifestations. A general loss of focus since Mid-July. Reading and escapism through movies, walking, napping and just feeling unattached to most everything. A middle land of not bad-not good-just foggy. No drama. The ultimate perennial questions of who am I, what am I doing, why am I here, etc, etc, etc. A round and again, certainly not my first adventure into this foggy landscape. It seems to have slipped in under the door and will, of course, slip out at some point. No forcing it, trying to alter the fog doesn’t seem to help either. Waiting and being present when I can manage that is what’s current. Daily maintenance, slave jobs, etc, pass through but finding ”meaning” in anything just isn’t happening.

Fallow times, or those resting pauses are far harder for me than when actively engaged in whatever is before me. Probably true for most of us. Quiet repose when I want it is not the same as finding me in the foggy place by happenstance. Well, as we all know, this too shall pass in it’s own way and time. Relax and float through, quit asking to understand, be present in this and every moment. I know all those platitudes in mind and by heart, they have carried me through the thick of things many times along the way.  I just wish…………………

Temari Spectrum, A Gathering

Posted in Artwork, Balls, learning, Learning, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2016 by starhandarts

Tacoma Temari GatheringWe came together recently in Tacoma, Wa. The time together was fruitful and best of all fun. Kathy, Jane, Marilyn, Dolores, Carol, Barb and myself. We are each students and teachers of this amazing medium, Temari. The idea that we each began with a small and simple Temari, taught ourselves from books,  online connections and in person classes along the way, was actually the common denominator. This was to my great surprize of course as I was thinking that the isolation of my island life limited my ability to learn. So all you fellow needle people out there, we’ve all found a few common sources for the ongoing instruction each of needs to keep learning and the  inspiration to “just keep at it”. It’s a spectrum! If we keep on learning and connecting under the Temari umbrella, mentors and mentoring move in both directions. We each brought a basketful of skills and experience to this table from our own lives, more than just Temari. This amazing display of creative endeavor shows work from all skill levels, the new beginning basics all the way to divinely complex, awe inspiring, knock your socks off, “heavenly bodies”.

Seems like we learn and teach, at/in the same moment. Every change in color way makes every design a new and glorious orb of delight. I heard again and again the words, “oh look how she did that one”, “oh my, just doing that pattern with a slight change there made the whole design look completely different”.

Each one of us had questions about how to better our skills, to gather techniques that better enhance our abilities wherever we are on the Temari Spectrum. Guidance freely shared, encouragement flowing in all directions. The “oohing & aahing” a rhythm of it’s own.

Temari Variation on GT 40

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2016 by starhandarts

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IMG_2456Working on this same pattern, Temari Kai # GT 40. New palette. 45cm. circum. 5.65” dia. I widened the 1st diamond pattern to fill the under space more fully, making the stripe that passes under the upper pattern points stronger. Seeing these together really shows me how changes in color way and proportion of the individual elements can alter the finished appearance. The stitching technique of working between the laid down rows of the first pattern is a slow and painstaking one, making sure I didn’t catch any extra thread from it but did catch enough of the thread wrap to hold each stitch where I wanted it to be.

The contrasts, high and low of each palette also pushes the pattern shapes into different relationships and dominant/passive roles.  Three of these is the charm I think. Next?  On to whatever the next Temari will show itself to be.

Icosidodecahedron Geometric Sphere

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by starhandarts

Icosadodecahedron Earth Tones Ribbonwork (3)The latest sphere in the Geometrics  group is 9” diameter,73.7cm. circum. The skin is made from heavy Ultrasuede, using 12 pentagons and 20 equilateral triangles. The ribbon follows the structural lines that define this sphere configuration. The metal medallions came from a belt acquired many years ago. When I think on how many times I’ve tried to give that belt away, thinking lighten up/purge stuff/give away, I’m delighted to have found a manner in which it serves well. And of course that it was still waiting in the wings for it’s moment to shine. It does too, as the faceted jewels on the surface give a lovely sparkle  as light passes by.  Hand stitched throughout.

Learning to See the Temari Before Me

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by starhandarts

The newest Temari uses the same pattern as the last, GT40 from Talk Temari. Its colorway has transformed the design completely. Light and dark define things much more finely. Making the eye see very differently is just plain fun. The Earth Tones one is 45cm. cir. The Pastel’s one 44 cm. The deep connection between seeing something and then doing it has really blossomed with these two beauties. All My Temari, GT40 Pattern (3)All My Temari, GT40 Colorways (2)  Earth Tones feels like a radical change in appearance. All the same forms and relationships are present but colorway changes everything. I like them both but the earthy colorway is by far my favorite. Oddly enough they both feel different than the pattern pictures I followed. The maker’s mark perhaps?

New Skills in Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, In progress, sphere, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2354The  C10 mark is the starting structure for this Temari that measures 44.5cm. circum. The pattern is from the Temari Kai files, advanced section, #GT40. When I looked at the design it tickled my mind so I thought, why not try it. It has 3 separate but inter stitched patterns. Diamonds, stars and triangles. The technique of inter stitching one layer onto/into the previous one is new to me so the challenge was on. I feel that I did well learning to work the stitches. The area that is not so straight forward is that I began on a mari that was a good bit bigger in circumference than the pattern suggested. It was one that was wrapped and ready to go, just sitting on my work table, so why not use it.  Proportion and band widths were of course skewed do to size.

I really do love to work on larger diameter thread balls, something about their presence at larger scale really blows wind up my skirt. It has been a pattern changer for me before in terms of the relationship of design elements over the surface. I do have to reveal that following directions/commands/orders/authority has been a lifelong challenge. So why did I think it would be any different with Temari? The completed design does become different from the pattern guide although all the same elements are in place.

What one learns along the way is a treasure chest of delight.IMG_235730 diamond centers at stage 2 of this pattern.IMG_2359All the diamonds have been added at their 30 points of intersection. The first stars of the second pattern are inter stitched at the diamond long points.IMG_2373The first layer of 30 diamonds is complete and the 12 stars of the second pattern have been inter stitched between each row of the long points of the diamonds.IMG_2375The 20 triangles are now finished connecting the short arms of the diamonds.

The finished Thread Ball @ 44.5 cm. circumference. This new method of stitching between previous rows was challenging. A first attempt at this pattern and method from the advanced group has some learning errors and steps to do better with next time, but I could better read the photos and description that guided me better than ever before. A great feeling to recognize that new skills are gradually filling by basket. I of course love the finished design but it is not visually the same as the inspiration pattern.