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Sunday, September 7, 2014

African Doily and The Bird of Phoenix


After my first successful  interlocking rings, I was so excited to start the next three rounds.
I wanted an African "sunset" theme.
Jane McLellan's doily found here 

This round was fun, like Celtic weaving but way less stressful :)
Here is how it will be placed in, when I finish the red round.

Speaking of the Sun, below is a bird,  a town in Arizona named 
itself for call Phoenix, nonnatives came to this desert to farm and found past ancient peoples remnants of an irrigation systems, and  thought this name was very suitable. 

This is a shirt I sketched out and embroidered over 30 years ago for my husband , my youngest son is wearing it now. 
I made another of this for my eldest son, who loved it and borrowed this a lot in high school.

This is the Bird of  Phoenix, we met in Arizona this is where I was first introduced to the wonderful creature.  I love my husband and felt I had found Phoenix then, I love all the stories and meanings of this bird some are told here
All cultures that have stories on this bird are beautiful and refreshing to read.
I like the stories, some tell of capacity of vision, and virtues, and peace.

15 comments:

  1. Just wow to the start of Jane's doily it certainly looks like an African sunset. And that Phoenix, really do admire your skill - the only story I know about the Phonenix is when it rises up from the ashes of a fire. Good luck with the doily

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    1. Thanks Sally, while surfing web take the time, I did leave a link to the stories under "here" on last picture.

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  2. Your doily is going to be beautiful! I have bought my tatting supplies, but I haven't even tried it yet. I will some day! You are an inspiration.

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    1. You are the super bestest :) at crochet work I have minimal skills there, You Tube is great if starting out and it's free wish we lived closer we could trade knowledge :)

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  3. Ooohhh, i am so envious of your ability to tat the interlocking rings! It is going to be a few weeks before I begin this one, as I haven't even got the thread yet!

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    1. Oh thanks Fox, I got this one in the middle, but if wasn't till after I committed that I realized they were all around the edge, :( and I did figure out I need to pin the last one to remember where I am at with those rings. I did win some thread a while back but with all those choices I still order more.

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  4. I can feel it in my stomach, Carollyn, these are true African colors. It takes an artist like you to get that right the first time.
    That shirt is amazing!! I like the fact that your son wants to wear it!!

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  5. Have you bought one of the very few remaining Phoenix shuttles at Tatting and Design?

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  6. I Love your Sunset interpretation of the doily, Carollyn ! It will really stand out - the colours are already stunning :-)

    And Wow! Such intricate enbroidery ! Beautifully sketched & the amount of effort it must have taken to fill it all with satin stitch .... I'm so glad the shirt is still around & being worn - makes it all so worth it . Thanks for sharing the pics & to your 'Model' too, for patiently posing of it ;-))

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    1. Thank you muskaan, It is nice that the shirt is still around, the fabric is getting thin, when it is worn it still draws attention. I told my son what you said and he gave a shy smile.

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  7. Wow, Carollyn, I love, love, love the idea of an African sunset! And your phoenix is amazing, such a lot of work, I also think it's great that it is being worn.

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    1. Thanks Jane, that means a lot coming from the designer! the fabric is getting thin but it still draws attention :)

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  8. Your doily is looking fabulous!!! :)
    Very nice bird!! :)

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