it takes a long time
to grow young.
- pablo picasso
okay, so it's not such a "little" cloth...it's about 17" x 32". but it started out as something much smaller! this cloth is the result-in-progress of many things. a very dear friend is having a birthday and i wanted to do something special for her. since she has admired the crazy things i've been creating lately, i thought i'd make a cloth for her. she loves cats. the background fabric for the top half of this cloth is a piece of plain weave i did many years ago and was left over from a blackwork project. the fabrics in the woven lower half come from my old shirts and boxers, and a strip or two from old quilt projects. the kitties are cut from a couple old re-purposed fabrics (the lower kitty from napkins given as a housewarming gift in my first apartment; the upper kitty from curtains from that same apartment). i still have a lot of stitching and embroidery to do to finish the applique' and bring out the details. this one is going to be hard to gift because i can so see it in my home. but it will be even easier to gift because i know my friend will love it and it will bring such joy to her day!
beyond this, i have little to add today. it's been a strange week. colder than cold outside, even on sunny days. more so during the dark nights with lows as low as -19F and wind chills of -30. i have friends in town to help parents in hospitals. valentine's is at hand and brings its own heart ache. so i am trying to stay focused on stitching and working with the elders at the cottages. wrapping my body in the warmth of cloth and my heart in the warmth of compassion.