April 09, 2014

Tulip Fields in the Skagit Valley Today

They're freshly opened. 
And early compared to past 2 years. 

More colors at Tuliptown. 
But didn't want to pay to park and walk. 

March 31, 2014

The Western Pasque Flower and it's seed pod the Mophead

Sub-Alpine mountain flower
MT Rainier
I love this Flower!
And I'm not the only one!

Life cycle video here

Suzani's and Rugs

Been hanging suzani's lately, weather has been great for indoor activities!
 March we have had 9" of rain!
If it doesn't stop soon, we'll be repainting, instead of gardening!

This one is silk on cotton and it's from Samarkand. 
It's called melon sprouts 
It sports the sun disks which date to pre-Islamic. 
And has elements if the melon vines and sprouts. 

This suzani is silk on cotton adras
And it has pommegranite tree motif with bird, butterfly,
And fish. The bright blue in suzani isn't showing in this light. 
This on is Bukhara. 

The rug is Qashgai
My favorite from Shiraz region
Natural madder and indigo with some chemical dyes
Amazing talent working with new colors this way. 

This one is Shiraz
Motifs are birds 
Dyes are natural