Wednesday, June 25, 2014


 at longridge
everyone brought things to look at.
betsy brought two boro kimonos, simple, beautiful
 some of her marks 
become light windows
 dorothy had kanthas for us
to see
my favorites were a wonderful
amalgam of old technique and modern story
this is a sampler
 and these are thread
and string
some mark place and time
others stitch books together
 in st albans i drove past white foam all over the curbs!
popples (as they say around here) just shedding 
their seeds
cottonwood relatives
 in just a few moments 
i gathered a bag.
cleaning up the community
while acquiring some quantity
of fiber to experiment with.
 a basket from
jamin uticone
at swamp road baskets
 holds one of my samplers from
human mark making
 can you see his heart?
i have a serious love of these
black ash baskets
beautifully made, 
meant for a lifetime
arbor vitae shingles
cut by local folks
is icing the cake
still more, but it's beginning to look
like a home.
after studying with 
a vibrant group of learners
under the thoughtful direction
of a master teacher
the stuff of home is rich.
one more half day of school.
then my summer work commences:
paper, fiber, book, textile
 through the islands
 eagle? osprey?
i stayed in putney
where the local library
has words 


Anonymous said...

a whale of a tale. I do love those baskets. whee! summer hols.

wfih said...

Those baskets are truly beautiful.

neki desu said...

gorgeous kantha as well as the views from home.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, the baskets are spectacular.
wfih, yep!
neki, traveling in the north country makes me happy.

Margaret said...

I love your plan for summer inspires and sets a good example. Thank you!

Velma Bolyard said...

margaret, you're welcome!

roz said...

my goodness , those baskets are fabulous...terrible longing to touch one now.
and the new abode certainly looks fine. with lovely large viewing windows too.

Morna Crites-Moore * Wicked Waif said...

Thanks for introducing Jamin Uticone's beautiful baskets. I have several Jonathan Kline baskets, which I really love, and Uticone studied under Jonathan!

Velma Bolyard said...

roz, next time you're here...
morna, cool!

Mo Crow said...

Oh my I have a serious case of basket envy!

layers said...

What a collection of collections and images... and those baskets are fabulous... happy summer journeys

Fiona Dempster said...

I like shared memories in items - those kimonos; those threads...also love the library sharing words of peace. Thanks V - summer is looking good your way!

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, jamin's baskets are beautiful
donna, thank you, i hope to have many home jurneys this summer!
fiona, such a great treat to be stepping into summer.

Bonnie Klatt said...

Simply BLISS! Thank you for sharing this, Velma. A bit of beauty and peace for me. We are in the midst of craziness now: packing, selling the house and moving. But soon will be settled elsewhere and then I travel to the Cascades of Washington for a 2 month artist residency - creativity, community, and spirit. That will be my BLISS!

Velma Bolyard said...

bonnie, it is so beautiful here and across northern new england. two months in the cascades!!! yay YOU!

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