We’re on recovery week #3, which feels a lot more like year #3. Things are definitely better. But jeeeeeeez, I’m ready to be 100% again!
The wool felt pennies/thread mandalas from last time became some nifty door hangers. I like them with the handmade glass beads and bells – the beads on the one on the right came from Julie Miller Glass on Etsy. I can’t remember where the little house came from. These are currently gracing the doors at Casa Kleindolph but I’ve got a couple more strings in the works which might or might not end up in the shop.
I finally (after a full year of longingly staring at her listings) bought a sampler from Rebecca Ringquist over at Dropcloth on Etsy. I did NOT purchase this in an anesthesia and Norco fueled haze, but rather, with deliberation and intent. Believe it or not, that felt kind of powerful, giving myself permission to explore stitching and embroidery (something just for pleasure and myself) on purpose and not by accident.
This sample comes with an accompanying tutorial over on CreativeBug – she unveils a stitch a day for 31 days. We’re on day 7. I… might’ve gone ahead with some of the stitches I already know. I think when this sampler is done it’ll get made into a pillow for the workshop couch. I’ve got another one of hers on the way which is a simple color wheel done in various stitches, and which will probably grace the flip side.
And last but not least, teaching myself sashiko with this hitomezashi (one stitch) cloth that I purchased from the nice folks at A Threaded Needle. This one is going more slowly but I try to do at least one or two rows of stitches every day. I’m not rushing it. It’s a good “pick up when you have a spare minute but don’t want to unpack all the supplies” project. I’m making a LOT of mistakes on this one, but I’m also learning a lot about working with the sashiko needles and doing the multiple running stitches stacked up on the needle at a go which is very different from the “up and down one stitch at a time” way I learned to do a running stitch in embroidery. This will probably also get turned into a pillow when it gets done. I had vague thoughts of giving it to my dad to use it as a bread cloth (he bakes the best bread) but the back is a hot mess and it really needs to be sewn on to something.
Once this one is done, I’ve got a boro kit I purchased from them and I’m very excited to give that a go. All in good time. Slowing down, right?
So despite the boredom of recovery, I’m super grateful to have had the opportunity to play around with thread. I wouldn’t have allowed myself the time to do it if it weren’t for being off my feet. I’m enjoying the deliberation of stitching and the invitation to play. I’ve been looking hard at how difficult it is to slow down, be, and breathe. To shut off, as it were. There’s always something going on, always something turned on, always something. We fill every second up to the brim with input and signal.
I haven’t quite gotten to “just be” yet, but the slowing is getting me closer.