Sunday, 4 January 2015

first Sunday of 2015

the weather was just so, so good today: clear blue skies, not too cold, no winds, just the sun and the fresh air to lure you out onto the open road; went for a morning walk in the woods with Django and the husband; then, later on with a couple of friends a favourite, circular walk from Fort Asperen on the dikes along the river Linge, passing through the picturesque villages of Acquoy and Gellicum back to Asperen, oh to be alive in the Betuwe on such a day!

summer house revisited, after frequent overdyeing I am now adding a bit of colourful stitching

and in both these pieces the tree is growing, I think there'll be a lot more trees this year



this small Autumn piece finally finished, it is a quiet piece, much like a calm day in the harvest season; imagine sitting outside with a cup of coffee basking in the warm afternoon sun, chores-for-the-day all done, the dog chewing his bone and once in a while he looks up at you and at these moments the two of you are completely content and have not a care in the world


11 comments:

Liz Ackert said...

I could look at kantha all day ... it is the proof that the eye must move to be most happy

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

for me it's like feeling with the eyes, what I like about kantha i mean

Nancy said...

Ah, but to feel the kantha with your hand as well! Looks like a great start to 2015 :)

Mo Crow said...

what a beautiful place and love the critter totem tree!

Susan said...

Lovely stitching, Saskia. That last paragraph about sitting outside with the dog and the look has me so homesick for autumn. But I guess now those moments can happen fireside. Happy new year.

Dana said...

The blue sky mirrored in the blue water...what a lovely moment! And what beautiful cloth too! Each piece is completely engaging. The trees are growing most organically.

Julie S said...

I agree with Dana, the trees are growing from within themselves. Thats what is so magical about your work, what is there has grown there, not been put there.

Can't imagine a new year starting out with sunny walks. Ours start out with Tests from the Climate Gods.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

yes...the trees...growing....
and your kantha is getting so complex
all this is so FINE
i love the "blooming' tree...

deemallon said...

I'm with others -- the stitching is so fine to move the eye over... but it's so much more than that. It's the story you tell. Look forward to hearing many in the coming year. Happy New Year, Saskia!

jan said...

Happy New Year Saskia. Your trees are exquisite! I never tire of looking at your work.

Marti said...

Basking in the softness of this autumnal cloth (last photo) and thank you for easing us into the new year with this cloth Saskia, The colors of this cloth so bring forth the colors of the fall season, my favorite, and these autumn colors, not the wild reds and golds of autumn but the softer hues of browns, greens, umber tones, gentle the whole of one's being...