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Quilts by East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ)

For as long as I can remember, my mother has been a member of a quilting guild.  I grew up surrounded by fabric and the whirr of her sewing machine.  I’ve always felt quilt meet-ups are a really comforting place to be.

From these pictures, I hope one can get the idea that quilts can be works of art.  I wish that I had inherited my mother’s talent for quilting and design, but instead I only inherited an interest in the craft, and a lifelong appreciation for stories told through fabric.

(Source: ebhq.org)

kimberlite8:

kitamere:

kimberlite8:

Stumpwork embroidery, a 3D embroidery style popular in the 17th century. This is a modern composition from Jane Nicholas’ book Stumpwork Embroidery.

Surely this must be a pinnacle of achievement in embroidery.  The details here - look at those little bees! - have me completely in awe.  I can only imagine how long this fine work must have taken!

Her book gives very detailed instructions on how to make this - its not as unachievable as you would think just very time consuming. One day when I am no longer working on my illustrated novellas, I may venture into Sansan fancrafting. Wouldnt this be awesome as a Sansan wedding tableau?

YES.  A SanSan wedding tableau would be amazing!

I’m constantly impressed by the many various talents and skills possessed by SanSan fans.  The fancrafting I’ve already seen is so impressive, and I feel like the ship is still going strong, gaining strength.  I’m daydreaming about all the incredible arts and crafts that would be on display in a gallery devoted to SanSan.  Maybe someday!

thefeatherofhope:

Feather’s Sansan Giveaway continues! Everyone who reblogs this beautiful Sansan wedding created by the equally beautiful Metalshell will have a chance to win both the digital download as well as the physical copy of the work. :D

I’ll pick the winner using a random number generator on September 30. May the odds be ever in your favor. ;)

Oh my goodness, THEIR WEDDING?!  YES PLEASE, yes yes yes, I hope I win this one, please please please.  *incoherent babbling with fingers crossed*

kimberlite8:

Stumpwork embroidery, a 3D embroidery style popular in the 17th century. This is a modern composition from Jane Nicholas’ book Stumpwork Embroidery.

Surely this must be a pinnacle of achievement in embroidery.  The details here - look at those little bees! - have me completely in awe.  I can only imagine how long this fine work must have taken!

(Spoilers ALL) ASOIAF in Shakespearean-Style Verse

squidproquo-ink:

I’ve shared this before I know, but I just have to say… I am DESPERATE to stage this! If only I knew someone who wouldn’t find it completely freaking weird to attempt… I would totally film it and share it and we could all squee delightedly!

What do you guys think, should I see about putting it together?

What?  You would really stage this??  YES OF COURSE, I would watch it!!  I would pay the price of admission and even purchase a program for this.  Do it up!

(Source: kitamere)

thefeatherofhope:

And the winner of the first prize in my Sansan giveaway is Eyesofmist!

I was so excited to see your number come up because you are one of the very first people I followed on Tumblr! You will receive both a digital as well as the original work courtesy of Metalshell which I know is far more beautiful in person! Congratulations!!!

Thanks to everyone who reblogged. There will be another prize opportunity coming up tomorrow so stay tuned!

Ah, congratulations, EyesofmistIt’s a beautiful piece!

yellowberd:

"I had such a dream last night. I was floating above the trees with my lips connected to those of a beautiful figure, for what seemed like an age. Flowery treetops sprung up beneath us and we rested on them with the lightness of a cloud."

Bright Star (2009) directed by Jane Campion

I do not think it will be a surprise to anyone that I have a deep love for the works of John Keats.  As a poet, Keats wrote about mythical beings, nature, beauty, truth, and love.  He wrote with a sensuality and brilliance that to me, truly stands out among the Romantic poets.  In a number of ways, Keats’ work has become a part of modern notions of “romance.”  Beyond his poems, he also composed fantastically moving letters.  His letters to Fanny Brawne are featured prominently in the film Bright Star, a movie which does much to capture, on screen, the delicate lyricism and quiet beauty of all that Keats wrote.

If you enjoyed Bright Star, I hope you will consider reading the works of Keats for yourself.  It is a tragedy that in his lifetime, he never achieved the fame or recognition he so deserved - yet, he left behind such works as have made him immortal.  To me, Keats will forever be young, and forever epitomize idealism untouched by age or weariness.

chaouenmadrid:

kitamere:

Today’s “interesting video about medieval history” : an introduction to the hurdy-gurdy, a stringed instrument with a crank-turn, good for dancing.

"Let’s play some medieval rock and roll!"

OMG I love this instrument! The spanish version is called zonfona or zanfoña. It’s from the XII century and few people play it nowadays. One of the most famous zanfona players is German Díaz, and he is from my city, Valladolid. I’ve seen him a couple of times and it’s amazing (i love a lof folk music). When he plays a medieval piece you feel like you are going to atend a ball at a castle. But he also composes new modern pieces like this one, Claudia’s sweater (if you like jazz you’ll love it), or he even plays it along with other modern instruments like the guitar. (there is also this video with english subtitles) I find the result fascinating and it liberates the instrument from its old baggage and brings it to the present. Beautiful! :)

Oh, this is wonderful!  Thanks for sharing these videos!  I’m excited to learn more about German Díaz, and hearing some of this hauntingly lovely music.

Le Jaseroque

Il brilgue: les tôves lubricilleux
Se gyrent en vrillant dans le guave.
Enmîmés sont les gougebosqueux
Et le mômerade horsgrave.

«Garde-toi du Jaseroque, mon fils!
La gueule qui mord; la griffe qui prend!
Garde-toi de l’oiseau Jube, évite
Le frumieux Band-à-prend!»

Son glaive vorpal en main il va-
T-à la recherche du fauve manscant;
Puis arrivé à l’arbre Té-Té,
Il y reste, réfléchissant.

Pendant qu’il pense, tout uffusé,
Le Jaseroque, à l’oeil flambant,
Vient siblant par le bois tullegeais,
Et burbule en venant.

Un deux, un deux, par le milieu,
Le glaive vorpal fait pat-à-pan!
La bête défaite, avec sa tête,
Il rentre gallomphant.

«As-tu tué le Jaseroque?
Viens à mon coeur, fils rayonnais!
Ô Jour frabbejeais! Calleau! Callai!»
Il cortule dans sa joie.

Il brilgue: les tôves lubricilleux
Se gyrent en vrillant dans le guave.
Enmîmés sont les gougebosqueux
Et le mômerade horsgrave.

"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, translated into French by Frank L. Warrin.

I love to read translations when I can, particularly ones as creative as this.  You see, as a nonsense-verse, “Jabberwocky” contains lots of portmanteaux and words invented by Lewis Carroll himself.  To translate such a piece into another language, one must surely have great imagination and diligence!  There are at least five French translations of “Jabberwocky” that I’ve found, and they’re all quite different.  This is exactly the sort of thing that fascinates me!

(Source: www76.pair.com)

Happy birthday, Neil Peart!

Today, September 12th, is Neil Peart’s birthday!  Happy birthday!

Neil Peart is the drummer for one of my favorite bands, Rush.  He’s a pretty incredible drummer, often performing 8-minute long, face-melting drum solos at their live shows.  Beyond that, he’s also a writer, a world-traveler, and one of my personal heroes.  He’s a person who has overcome great tragedies in his life and still continues to share his incredible gifts with the world.  Neil Peart is a man who inspires me.

He’s also written the lyrics for most of the songs Rush has performed over their 40 years together.  Today, I want to share my love of Rush with you, my dear Tumblr followers.  Please indulge me!

Faithless

I’ve got my own moral compass to steer by
A guiding star beats a spirit in the sky
And all the preaching voices
Empty vessels dream so loud
As they move among the crowd

Fools and thieves are well disguised
In the temple and market place
In the temple and market place

Like a stone in the river
Against the floods of spring
I will quietly resist
I will quietly resist

Like the willows in the wind
Or the cliffs along the ocean
I will quietly resist
I will quietly resist

I don’t have faith in faith
I don’t believe in belief
You can call me faithless
You can call me faithless

I still cling to hope
And I believe in love
And that’s faith enough for me
And that’s faith enough for me

I got my own spirit level for balance
To tell if my choice is leaning up or down
And all the shouting voices
Try to throw me off my course

Some by sermon, some by force
Fools and thieves are dangerous
In the temple and market place
In the temple and market place

Like a forest bows to winter
Beneath the deep white silence
I will quietly resist

I don’t have faith in faith
I don’t believe in belief
You can call me faithless
You can call me faithless

I still cling to hope
And I believe in love
And that’s faith enough for me
And that’s faith enough for me

Like a flower in the desert
That only blooms at night
I will quietly resist

I don’t have faith in faith
I don’t believe in belief
You can call me faithless
You can call me faithless

But I still cling to hope
And I believe in love
And that’s faith enough for me
And that’s faith enough for me

And that’s faith enough for me

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