How the Sashes Came To Be
The idea for these felt
appliqué sashes developed from combining two unusual art forms. The first
was the hand-woven shaman sashes of some traditional, primarily tropical,
societies that depicted jungle animals, spirit guides, healing powers, etc.
The second influence was the elaborately appliquéd and beaded fancy parka
trim from the far North that also depicted animals, flowers, and human
images. The blending of these two forms gave rise to these beautiful sashes.
Like the original works, the sashes feature natural images of plants,
animals, earth and sky.
No two pieces of my fabric art
or jewelry will ever be exactly alike. Each has its own special power
derived from color, imagery, even the place where the piece was made and
season of the year. Each sash takes many, many hours to complete. Each
unique item is infused with the vision that comes from working with nature
each and every day.
I have worn sashes like these with
everything from long dresses to jeans, and they look great. The sashes are
washable, but I would hand wash them if the need arises. They are designed
to be worn simply looped over, not tied or knotted. This shows the intricate
design more beautifully, and the material holds in place well. If you just
want to display the sash as a purely decorative piece, it looks great
hanging over a room divider or railing. That is how I displayed my work in
our home in northern New Mexico. As with all my art, custom design is
Earth and Rain Sash
The Red Earth and Rain sash is a magical,
yet practical piece of fabric art. It is constructed from two layers of dark
earth-red felt. It is about 102 inches long (including fringe), with the
felt itself being 72 inches long and 3-3/4 inches wide.
This sash design evolves with the number
3. There are 9 appliquéd turquoise-blue rain-flower symbols (3x3) on each
side of the sash, and each rain-flower consists of 3 segments. Three is the
magical triangle that unites opposites to produce new growth. It is the
waxing, fullness, and waning of the moon. It is body-mind-spirit, and here
it is Earth and Rain creating new summer flowers from the red-sand canyon
floor. The design evokes the creative energies of sun and rain, earth and
sky, wind and cloud. It is one of the first sashes that I created, working
during a stormy Southwest mountain summer. Each end of the sash is finished
with 12 long yarn braids and further ornamented with sturdy sky color
If you are drawn to the mountains and
deserts of the Southwest and to the ephemeral beauty the rains bring, then
this Red Earth and Rain sash may be just for you.
Price: $49.95 + $6.50
Butterfly is a powerful symbol of
transformation. Spring through autumn, the Southwest is alive with
brilliantly colored butterflies. They are guardians of the cycle of the
seasons and the wheel of the year. The Butterfly Guardian sash is made from
a double layer of dark purple felt. The overall sash is 86 inches long
(including fringe). The felt itself is 70 inches long and 2-1/2 inches wide.
The sash is finished with 7 long spiral yarn braids and further ornamented
with gold-tone glass beads. The design includes 13 gold appliquéd flowers
symbolic of the warm season and representative of the 13 moons of the year.
There are 8 spring-green and lavender butterflies, one for each of the 8
spokes of the seasonal wheel. Butterfly knows the flow of time, both the
endings and the new beginnings.
If you celebrate the seasons and the
transformations that those changes bring, then this Butterfly Guardian may
be just for you.
Price: $49.95 + $6.50
There are ancient legends and
half-remembered stories from around the world that say the ancestors of
humanity came from the stars. What faint ancient whispers are we listening
to when we look to the night sky and dream of distant worlds? This sash
honors the legend of the Star Ancestors. It is made from double-thickness
starlight-white felt, with an overall length (including fringe) of 104
inches and a width of 3-1/2 inches and a felt length of 70 inches. The
tapered sash ends are adorned with long yarn braids and further ornamented
with red, lavender-blue, turquoise, and gold glass beads.
There were many star systems the
ancestors could have called home, and the 4 sets of 4 stars appliquéd
against the bright background pay tribute to that idea. The star colors are
gold, red, lavender, and blue; set between the star patterns is a green star
that is our Earth. This is a simple, yet bold design that celebrates our
connection to the cosmos and to worlds beyond our own. If you can sense the
presence of the Star Ancestors and hear their distant voices, then this sash
might be just for you.
Price: $49.95 + $6.50
See something you like? Have an idea for a
custom creation? Just drop us a note and we can let you know if it is
available or if it can be custom-made for you. Please note that even the
items on this page are one of a kind and may have been sold, so it's always
best to check before sending payment.
We accept PayPal as well as other
forms of payment (sorry, no credit cards except through PayPal and no
personal checks). Thanks very much.
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Postal address: PO Box 481, Deming, NM 88031-0481
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