Friday, April 21, 2017

Healing Gardens: A Two-Sided Pillow

Goody Prymm---midwife and healer--- inspired me to make this little pillow.  Measuring 14" x 8 1/2",  I call it "Healing Gardens," as it portrays two entirely different scenes, each with healing plants:  a moonlight herb garden and a sunlit flower garden.  The Nighttime Garden side is mostly embroidery, using vintage wool and white linen threads.  It features a magnificent full moon of creamy white wool, the great lady looking over this garden of sage, rosemary, rose, garlic and hemlock.  I chose soft and dreamy colors to contrast the background of black wool, with stripes of muted undertones.

Flip the pillow over!  The Daytime Garden side awakens to much more action, as it features an ancient sun with cosmic spirals of energy flaring out to heat and give light to the flowers in this garden:  daisy, echinacea, and sunflower!  This side is primarily appliqué, with accents of embroidery, which gives it a more naive look.  Its colors are primarily bold and bright, placed against a background of rich gold wool.  The purple coneflowers seem to be reaching out to one another, while a busy bumble bee is making his way to the giant sunflower.

Here, a closeup of the little bumble bee...rather, a suggestion of one.  I wanted him tiny...but we all know how important the bees are, don't we!

I chose to stuff this pillow with fresh straw.  I like the stiffness of the finished piece, which makes a delightful crackle when held.  All natural...

  A wonderful way to bring in the merry, merry month of May, don't you think?

© 2017 Nancy Duncan

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