Saturday, July 12, 2014

producing

As a verb, the word produce means to make or manufacture from components or raw materials.

So in that sense of the word, I've been producing lots of different types of things these days.



Trying my hand and producing a distaff or two, and adding designs to the copper and other elements to the staff.



This one is from a piece of a nearby maple tree that needed to be trimmed out. It is a pleasing task to make a distaff!

As a noun, the word produce means things that have been produced or grown, especially by farming.



So in that sense of the word, I've actually been producing jam from produce! Lots of nice fresh red currants from the garden!



My friend, Judy, stopped by and dropped off some of the Nanking Cherries from her garden. Thank You! A bowl of cherries is always good to keep nearby, when one is spindling linen. keep those juices flowing. The rest were turned into jam.



When my spindle is at rest, I tuck it inside the distaff, for easy storage. As I look at it, it appears to be a cocoon of sorts.



Summer is in full swing! I'm enjoying the view~

10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your creations are beautiful. I love the look of cherries yet I don't like to eat them. My husband does so he has been pitting and cooking pies. We have lots of friends that like them. I hadn't thought of making jam. Hmmmm. I will mention that to him. He might like that. Seeing this hollyhock bloom makes me think of the gigantic hollyhock at my MIL's house this weekend. I took pictures. I will have to do a post so you can see it. Cheers...

Manise said...

Beautiful old fashioned single hollyhocks! So hard to find. My mother had a passion for the black ones. I bought some currants at farmer's market and they too will be made into jam. Best stuff ever.

judy said...

In my mind's eye, you are a fantasy maiden of the forest. This post only reinforces the image.

textilepractice said...

Beautiful distaff! There is something shamanic about it.

Valerie said...

I love the look of the spindle tucked inside the distaff. It looks so "organic".

Ah...your hollyhocks are blooming!! Mine are mostly the deep burgundy, almost black, this year. There is one spindly peach one blooming right now. I should take a photo and blog before the rains beat it into submission. Odd how the genes work out in these plants. Last year I was afraid that the burgundy had bred out of them since they were all light colors.

cindy said...

What a lovely distaff!!! Was it difficult to make? I often use a y shaped tree branch.But yours is so so grand!

Vlaďka Cepáková said...

Oh Cyndy, you are so handy! I love both your distaffs.

Cathy said...

So wonderful to see hollyhocks! I love them - reminds me of my grandmother's flower garden.

The distaff and the spindle - a cocoon before the fiber emerges to flight!

I like the "fantasy maiden of the forest" description.

Steph @MisplacedBrit said...

It looks like you've been more than a little productive!! Well done you! Everything tastes better when you've made it like this!

Jennifer said...

Lovely! I especially like the cocoon. :)

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