Moth and Flower Potholders And Some Meditation Trees For Sale

Rainbow Moth Potholder

I have just a few Moth and Flower Potholders for sale and some more of my small Meditation Trees too.

They are all in my Etsy Shop.  You can see and buy them here.

Meditation Tree XXXI

My Meditation Trees are about 7″x11″.  They all individually stitch on tea stained fabric.  They are $40 + $5 shipping.   And each one comes with 3M sticky hangers.

I’ll keep making them until everyone who wants one has one.  And since many people are buying them as gifts, I think they are a good constant in my Etsy Shop.

Flower with Sky Potholder

My Potholders are $25 each + $5 shipping.  I have two Moth Potholders and two Flower Potholders.  They work well together, I can see one of each making a good pair.

You can buy them all and more in my Etsy Shop.  Just click here. 

Orange Moth Potholder

The Sky Above My Meditation Tree

Meditation Tree  24″x40″

I was going to give my Meditation Tree more time.  Let it be over the weekend and come back fresh on Monday.  But that didn’t happen.  When I went into my studio, I knew what I needed to do.

So I took out the paint and my brush and worked on the space about the tree.   I smiled when I took a step back and looked at it.

It was just what I hoped for.

Is there anything else to be done?  I’ll leave that for Monday when I get into my studio and see my tree as if for the first time. I’ll need that space to be sure.

I do plan on finishing my Meditation Tree next week.  It’s still needs a backing to finish off the rough edges.  It will be about 24″x40″ when it is done and is $350. + shipping.

Sewing The Spiral On My Meditation Tree

 

I sewed down the spiral on my Meditation Tree today.   In the center I placed a small mirror.  I tried some beads, and shells, but the little mirror brought a whole other layer to the piece.

The mirror in the center of the spiral

I also painted the old hand quilting coming off the spiral.  Just the straight lines making layers under the tree.

Next I’ll work on the space above the tree top.

Working on my Meditation Tree in my Studio

More Work On My Meditation Tree

I just got the spiral looking the way I want it to.  A gradual spiraling in (After many attempts I realized I had to start from the outside and work my way to the center not the other way around) the lines getting closer as the spiral got smaller.

I pinned it on to the back and began basting the silk stands down when my phone rang.  Something is wrong with Jon’s iPhone.  Bad enough that we need to go to the Apple store in Albany  an hour from the farm to get it fixed.

That leaves me an  hour to get my work done.  Because I know when we get  back it will be late and I’m going to be too tired to do much of anything.

So the basting and finish sewing of my earth energy spiral will have to wait.

But I’m glad I got the work done on my Meditation Tree that I did today.  It feels like it’s all falling into place.

I finished sewing on my flower tassels.  They helped give shape to the tree top, then I did more painting on the  old hand quilted stitches to bring out the patterns they create in the branches and around the trunk of the tree.

I know now that I’ll be doing more painting above and below the tree too.

I’ll be looking forward to working on it again tomorrow.

The Flowers On My Meditation Tree

Sewing a “seed” on my tree

The sewed some of the flowers on my Meditation Tree today.   Little tassels like flowers on a sugar maple before the leaves are full.  I made mine from embroidery thread. There are still more to do, but I figured out how to tie them and cut them to size.

Flowers full of potential, because meditation is a practice, not a destination.

 

The Branches On My Meditation Tree

 

My Meditation Tree when I left my studio this evening. The spiral is just pinned on. I’m playing the with size and placement. Then I’ll go back to the branches and see what else needs to be done there.

How I struggled with my Meditation Tree yesterday.

I tied strips of fabric into knots and sewed them on.  I was halfway done, and it wasn’t right.  The knots were heavy and dense.  The weight of them daunting.

I only felt better when at the end of the day, I cut all my stitches and the leaves fell to my studio floor.

But what to do instead kept me up last night. I finally fell asleep with the help of a relaxation meditation from the Calm App.

It helped me to keep a clear mind even when I woke in the morning and went to my studio.

 

Jon and I stopped along the road yesterday to watch the nesting Herons in the tree tops.  It makes  me wonder how much my surroundings influence me.

It didn’t take me long to see that my tree wanted branches not leaves. I pinned on the fabric and on the first try it was just the right size and created just the right shape.

I spent the day sewing the branches down.

When I was done I pulled out the strips of silk that I’ll use for the earth energy spiral.  I pinned it under the tree, but I’m still playing with the size and placement.

I have a feeling that once that is sewn down, I have a better idea of what to do next around the branches of the tree.

The shell of my Ramshorn snail.  It spirals both in and out equally.

Leaves And A Background For My Meditation Tree

Painting the back of my Meditation Tree

That’s the hand stitched quilting on the back of my Meditation Tree that I am painting in the photo above.  The paint will bleed through the stitches onto the front of the piece.  The paint is a suggestion,  spotty and inconsistent.  But the pattern of the hand stitching is undeniable.

The paint adds color and deepens the texture of the backing.

Tied fabric that I will sew on as leaves for my tree

 

But before I started painting, I experimented with making leaves for the tree.

I figured this out, with the fabric and all while I lay awake one night, not able to sleep.  I was a bit surprised that I liked the way it looked when I actually tied the fabric in knots and sewed a few on.

Often when I come up with an idea in the night it doesn’t work in the daylight.

Sewing the leaves on my Meditation Tree

You can see the paint beginning to seep through to the front of the quilt in the photo above. Much of it will probably be covered up by the leaves, but it will still add another layer to the piece.

 

I still have lots more leaves to knot and sew on. I’m thinking of adding some beads or buttons to the tree top too, but I’ll see how that works as I go.

What my Meditation Tree looked like when I left my studio this evening

I did find the perfect fabric for the Earth Energy Spiral.  A ball of strips of silk tied together.  It is made of colors similar to the  variegated thread I used on my small Meditation Tree wall hangings.

The ball of silk fabric string I’ll use for the spiral

 

More Meditation Trees For Sale

My Meditation Tree XXIII  is for sale in my Etsy Shop, just click here. 

I made more Meditation Trees, because people asked for them and because I enjoy making them.

The idea came to me when I was meditating while at the Dentist.  I saw the tall sturdy tree, with the big trunk grounded in the earth.  The leaves at the top were so far away, I could just make them out.

When I came up with the drawing for my tree, I included an earth energy spiral under it.   You can read about and see pictures of my process making my Meditation Trees here. 

When I think of my Mediation Tree, I  become the tree.  I can feel the earth energy coming to me through the soles of my feet.  I am the grounded, towering, sturdy tree.

Maybe you can feel it too.

Some of the people I sold a Meditation Tree to hang them on their walls, place them on an altar or hold them while Meditating.   A few people have bought more than one to give as a gift to friends and family.

However you use it, I hope it brings you peace and a sense of grounded balance.

My Meditation Trees  are 7″x 11″ and are $40 each + $5 shipping.  Each comes with four 3M Soft hangers you can stick on the back of the wall hanging.  They won’t damage the fabric or your wall.   The are for sale in my Etsy Shop.  Just click here to see them and buy them.  Each one is individually stitched and painted so they are all unique.

Or you can email me at [email protected].  I take checks, PayPal and Venmo.

The fabric on the back of the Meditation tree
Full Moon Fiber Art