Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Textiles and Tea 100th, Sheila Hicks, gloves, socks and pancakes

Yesterday's Textiles and Tea celebrated its 100th program, with a coup, a visit with internationally renowned painter, weaver and writer, Sheila Hicks. 

Still active in her late eighties, she's still exploring her art. She wrote a book "Weaving as Metaphor" on the theme of the discoveries in thread and fibers, relationships and shapes. She loves to invite people to experience her installations, sometimes even designing them for touching.  I'll just invite you to Google her, and let her work speak for itself.
















Back on earth, Christmas has started here chez Boud. First this exquisite cross stitched card complete with Canadian moose, arrived from Mary Anne, whose blog you know as Magpie's Mumblings. It's now a permanent part of the decor, along with other artworks from her.


Then the prospect of fruitcake from dear e. Prospect of Fruitcake sounds like a short story title. Anyway, lovely. Can't wait to have a cup of tea and a slice.

And, back on earth, veggie pancakes. I used the green peppers from Gary's  garden, scallions and onions. Just guessed at the pancake ingredients -- egg, milk, flour, baking powder, no measuring




and had these for lunch. Enough for a few breakfasts or lunches left.


And, speaking of unexpected Christmas gifts happening,  here's a lovely shout out yesterday from the Knitting Ministry, showing the tiny part I get to play in a marvelous program. Turns out the Hope One van is part of a county outreach program, bigger than I had realized. 

They go out three times a week in the streets fully professionally staffed, with medical, social and physical help for addicted people on the street, and my little offerings are in great company as you see from those color-worked hats. I'm glad I have a bigger picture now, all the happier to take part.



Then the jigsaw puzzle turns out to be missing a piece. The top left butterfly has a hole in her wing. Oh well. I searched everywhere in case I'm the culprit, but nope. I guess it's inevitable, in a library borrowing process, . I bet there's a sermon there..but I'll refrain. It was a nice puzzle for a butterfly lover.

Happy day, everyone, we'll accept the missing bits, yes? because the rest is lovely. 




20 comments:

  1. What a newsy post! Delightful. Too bad about the missing puzzle piece but c'est la vie, I guess!

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    1. I'll enclose a note in the box when I return it. It's still a good puzzle.

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  2. Ms. Hicks' work is magnificent! Perfect for the one hundredth program!
    Your pancakes look very fine themselves. I'm sure they are delicious.

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    1. The program was originally intended to keep up interest in hga over lockdown and it proved so successful they're continuing anyway. I'm so glad about this.

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  3. Only Allah is perfect, accept the imperfections - having said which the puzzle is a beautiful one. The knitting is also beautiful and congrats on being a valued part of that outreach program. I would struggle to go to an exhibition of those yarns and textiles at the top and not want to touch them, examine the crafting of them, just be in touch with the colours. I have been reading a recipe for blintzes today - a version of your pancakes. You do certainly cook well for yourself. xxx Mr T and F

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    1. Yes, some textiles can be handled, some can't, but she's very fair in making it clear which is which I cook for myself on the grounds that I'm worth it! Also I stay so well that I think I'm doing something right.

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  4. So annoying when a jigsaw is missing a bit. I have a lovely butterfly jigsaw too. I'm currently refraining from jigsawing as I do it in the dining room and it's awaiting decorating. I do miss it. And what a beautiful card!

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    1. I went into a bit of withdrawal when I had to clear the table for Thanksgiving. Now I absolutely must cut out those fleecy pants before I borrow another puzzle and cover up my cutting surface again. Multipurpose table.

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  5. All I've on that art is WOW! I couldn't imagine I could think on that scale.

    Those pancakes look darn good. I'd have made a pun if I said darned. There, I couldn't help myself. They do, though. How very rewarding to know you are part of a larger cause. I have no choice but to accept the missing bits and find it's ok.

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    1. Yes, about thethe missing bits. I think the choice is whether to accept or moan about it like Mrs Gummidge. You're no Gummidge, Sandra!

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  6. So much colour in one post. It made my heart sing. Even the pancakes with their gorgeous greens.

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  7. If turned out in one of the touchable exhibition rooms, I'd be all over that yarn.

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  8. You had me at fruitcake. It was my grandmother’s specialty. We had it with syrup while the adults had a thimbleful of sherry. I haven’t had it in years but none could be as good as I remember.

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  9. Hick's creativity is inspirational, and neat to look at.
    Veggie pancakes sound good.
    Happy December!

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  10. I'm genuinely a little surprised you didn't fabricate a replacement for the missing piece, from clay, or felted wool, or something. Not saying you should have - I doubt I would have - just that knowing your creative approach to life, I immediately thought this was where the story was going to go! :)

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    1. If it had been mine, I would have drawn or painted a piece!

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  11. Fun to see my little card featured alongside such amazing weavings - glad you enjoyed both! Best of all was to see your socks and the obvious need for them.

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    1. You were in good company there, and why not, I say!

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  12. How nice you got a special mention from the Hope One van staff. That's a nice picture of some beautiful colorwork that's now warming heads, hands, and hearts!

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    1. The socks are from me, every pair different, and the hats are from someone else who does great color work. I like that we're giving the best.

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