Golden Light

It’s cold and wet outside, perfect weather for snuggling with a good book, a hot water bottle and a hot cup of tea.

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While reading this fabulous book about textiles from all over the world, I came across this unusual picture of a knitting shepherd on stilts. They are the traditional shepherds from the south west of France, they are called “echassiers”. I think they’re pretty cool…
Still reading this book about textiles,( it’s a very good introduction to different techniques), I’ve learned a lot, although I really do not have the time to do anything else than a simple tabby weave (it’s the simplest weave) and most definitely no time to resist-dye warp and weft (Ikat). I am truly amazed by the intricacies and the labour put in all these wonderful pieces of art. Now I’m starting the last part of the book, and I’m totally ravished. I adore appliqué and embroidery. The Chinese costumes top it all, there’s nothing more exquisite. To think that some of these costumes are for sale!

I haven’t seen the sunlight for a long while, it has been constantly stormy weather these past two weeks. This dates back to the pre-storm:

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My white hair keeps on growing, but I had to cut 30 cm, I was losing so much hair, it was horrible and all of this because of the constant plaiting. Now, it will stay loose, no matter how odd the henna looks.

I feel like making for myself a quilted coat with embroidered felted squares. I love the combination and it is something I have experimented with when I made my felted figurines and other items. It’d be quite a challenge though, but I can work on my squares from time to time, when I feel like it. Felt, if thick enough and properly made, can be warmer than a woven textile.

I started studying with Duolingo and I find it highly addictive! I’m brushing up my Spanish and German, and it also feels a bit easier being more committed to learn Chinese and Japanese. I find it very hard to not add any other language like Russian and Finnish, the choice is overwhelming. 

Last night, I had the most amazing dream, a big dream. I was taking the bus, the bus was full of students. We arrived in an old city which looked like Edinburgh. I came out with the other students and since it was just leisure time for me, I started to walk in the same direction as them. They were walking towards a castle where, I suppose, their school was. As I was walking, I was dancing to a symphonic music only I could hear. My movements were expressive of an ancient magic. And as is often the case when I fall into that state in my dreams, I started flying (I fell into …flying). I was flying over the ground, still dancing, still entranced by the music. I could understand everything, everything made sense. The girl in front of me turned back and saw me. I smiled at her and she smiled back. I told her she could fly too and that’s exactly what she did. The evening was descending on the city and the clouds were heavy with snow. I started flying higher, I wanted a glimpse of the castle. The landscape all around me was grandiose, pure Scottish moors all around, it was beautiful and as wild as Nature can be. Beautiful. And then I woke up. My beloved was cooking in the kitchen and I went to him to tell him about my dream. I told him I had reached Satori in my dreams. He was listening to an old live album by Lou Reed, but this album doesn’t actually exist. It was so beautiful. I listened to these old songs I thought I understood and felt, but I had been wrong. This time, I felt them in multiple dimensions, maybe 7! I don’t think he actually ever wrote these songs but I think Lou Reed was still writing music in the Otherworld and that’s where his concert took place. I had to go to work, so I went to my bedroom to quickly write my dream on my Facebook wall. “Last night, I had the most amazing dream, a big dream”.
And then, I truly woke up.
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  1. jo

    you look fabulous, dear Kundry. keep your hair loose! i love how you turn your creative powers to so many different things. love to you, jo xxx

    1. Kundry

      Thank you, dear Jo! This is why having to go to work is a problem, I just don’t have the time!

  2. the Tardis Girl

    Tes photos du soleil sont magnifiques !!
    C’est technique de tricoter sur des échasses ( faut pas tomber et s’empaler dessus quoi XD)
    C’est amusant, j’ai commencé Duolingo aussi, il y a quelques semaines. Espagnol, et je perfectionne mon anglais. Mon Chéri fait japonais et russe (beaucoup plus original et compliqué ^^)
    Prends bien soin de tes magnifiques cheveux

    1. Kundry

      Merci Tardis Girl! C’est amusant en effet! Je trouve beaucoup plus facile d’etudier de maniere soutenue avec cette application. J’ai été tres tentée par le russe!!! Mais bon, faut savoir s’arrêter à un moment.

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