Thursday, November 24, 2011

the music of what happens

And that moment when the bird sings very close
To the music of what happens.
— Seamus Heaney (1939–)

This is the second time I've worked a C8 with kiku stars in each "square." The first was no. 29. The four interwoven kiku-stars around the center alternate color emphasis and row-count; the ones at top and bottom are in lighter/darker shades for contrast. These colors on the black background bring to mind wild songbirds, and I chose them to highlight the stanza from Heaney's poem.

Black thread wrap; C8 division with black perle; embroidery in brown (coffee with cream), dark wine red, very dark wine red, and cream. The quote by Seamus Heaney is in the bell box along with 8 brass rings. Circumference: 11 inches / 28 cm; diameter: 3.5 inches / 8.9 cm. Completed 23 November 2011 (no. 066).

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