There are 2 blog authors for One More Stitch: myself (Robin) and my daughter Jill. I post as robinmichelle and Jill posts as jet. The other easy way to tell the difference is that she is green & leafy and I tend to be pink!
The California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica) is an incredible tree which can grow very tall and develop some very twisty and thick trunks. The leaves are dark green and fragrant. These trees reach their most impressive proportions in riparian habitats, but also grow in the company of live oak and madrone on the north-facing slopes of my local hills. Despite being evergreen the laurel drops some of its leaves in Autumn. Shades of yellow change to orange, umber, and - after rain - deep garnet hues. In my project the leaves have fallen onto the stones of an Autumn-dry creek - the grayish green color and patterning of this batik fabric suggested a dry creekbed to me. It seems that every time I go to draw a leaf outline of a fallen bay leaf the leaf is crossed by another leaf. So I arranged my model leaves (which appear in one of the pictures) to suggest this arrangement, which I then stitched with my beads. The little snake goddess pendant is there because I've often seen snakes slithering across the dry stones in arroyos. I decided to give this headless pendant a yak bone skull in observance of Samhain and Dia de los Muertos - times when Death and the dead are celebrated. My next project will also focus on one of these holidays - as I said before I really enjoy Autumn!