Friendship

Walking

It is strange how the weather fluctuates in Cleveland, Ohio in December. We here in NE Ohio expect that once the snow begins to fall, we will not see a warm day until March. But that is not true. One day we have low visibility and very cold temperatures while a few days later it's sunny and dogs are frolicking at the beach.

If you have followed my blog since 2009, you'll know that I appreciate connectedness. I am joyful over friendships and the deep union I have with my beloved husband. Most cherished are those who mutually express sadness or grief and we lend our tender words of comfort. Or when we express joy over good news without judgement or envy. The fluctuations of the weather reflect the ebb and flow of those around me. To say I 'feel' the presence of others in my life sounds emotional and mystical but my sentiment is true.  Sometimes, certain people come to mind and then I have a call, or a letter, or an email or a FB post. 

We are all connected and I am glad you are here.

At the beach on Dec. 28, 2013

Spent

You rang?

looking up

Sniff

look down

Finding trees in water

I hope you are enjoying the end of the year and delight in your accomplishments, strengths, and love and friendship. 

I do agree with Brené Brown who says that Connection is what makes something better. I think that to be connected to each other is what makes life good. 

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”


― Brené Brown

Kelly McKaig

Kelly McKaig, Artist
Chicago, IL USA

 

Bracelet Stack Kelly McKaig photo credit Tillie Barbosa

Bracelet Stack
Kelly McKaig
photo credit Tillie Barbosa

Kelly and I met when she attended the India Flint workshop in Cleveland, OH in fall, 2012. She along with Lotta Helleberg and I formed an immediate friendship. That is not to say that I didn't form super-sweet friendships with all the other lovely attendees.

In May this year, Kelly, Lotta and I met near the shores of Lake Michigan to stitch, dye and cook good food. See here

As we made a deeper bond, I came to ask Kelly (and Lotta) to create limited edition hand-dyed hanks for my little online shop, Hank & Spool. 

Kelly took to my challenge and created consistent, delicious and desirable colors on the #5 Silk/Cotton thread from my shop. She made 3 colorways with 5 hanks in each.

Red Onion Skin, Dahlia overdyed with marigold, and Yellow Onion Skin, by Kelly McKaig

Red Onion Skin, Dahlia overdyed with marigold, and Yellow Onion Skin, by Kelly McKaig

I hope you find her colors to be as desirable and I do. The silk content in the thread gives a depth of color that makes me swoon.  

Each hank has approximately 35 yards, cut to easy-to-use lengths for hand-stitching. Go to my shop to buy a small hank, or one of each, I think you'll be happy you did. 

 

Pigeon #32, Kelly McKaig

Pigeon #32, Kelly McKaig

Kelly is a prolific artist working in both textiles and photography. Please stop by her website here to see more of her soulful work. 

One of each  

One of each  

fabric ball    5 1/4" x 6 1/4"   silver gelatin print 2003   
fabric ball

5 1/4" x 6 1/4"

silver gelatin print 2003