zen quote of the day:
no point in trying to plan everything out,
dive into the present moment and tap
into your wellspring of intuitive guidance.
it seems so many of us are resting in the space between right now. the space between signing up for jude hill's advanced boro workshop and waiting for it to commence. i'm enjoying reading the many varied ways we are resting in the space between. some are frantically trying to finish up projects from the previous workshop. some are digging through fabrics in search of the perfect ones to toss into the pile to use for this one. some are surfing far and wide to read the blogs of those of us participating. some are searching their minds, wondering what were they thinking when they signed up in the first place. ha!
seriously, though, we are all preparing in our own ways. i was first tempted to dig through the mountains of fabric that i have to put together the "perfect pile" of material for this workshop. indeed, i spent an hour or two rifling through boxes and suitcases and closets. but then it occurred to me that i have no idea what the illustrious jude hill has rambling about in her mind and imagination for this workshop. yeah...it's the next step in cloth to cloth creativity a la jude. yeah...it's called an advanced boro technique class. yeah...she's given us insight into what types of topics and techniques she intends to cover. but that moment has not yet arrived. so i sat and cleared my mind. breathed deeply. relaxed and let go of every half-formed preconception that had been growing over the past couple of weeks and decided to leave my fabrics and treasures where they are. their moments to shine will come soon enough.
in the meantime, i'm allowing the creative muse to lead me down whatever byway he chooses. today i pulled out another of the woven cloths from the first c2c class. it had not yet been stitched down. merely basted around the outer edges. i started listening to its soft whispering. listening and obeying. i've added some fringe from the edge of an old handwoven napkin from my early days of weaving. yes, i am even known for cannibalizing my own creations from days gone by. cloth is cloth. be it woven in a mill or on my own loom. next i added an interesting little square from my scrap bin and a triangle motif border from the same bin. then i found some hand batiked flowers on a vintage shirt from india and a couple elephants from an old 1970's sheet set that fits a bed somewhere other than in my home. finally, a bit of gold-embroidered trim was added and then i started a little stitching, after getting everything basted down.
this cloth still has a long way to go before its story has been fully realized. but the whispers have begun and i am satisfied with its beginnings. i'm thinking the elephants shall be embellished with french knots in each of the dots that illustrate them. lots of kantha stitching. perhaps some beading. who knows what else? i'm allowing it to unfold moment by moment. these all just whispers. echoes of ideas floating about in the creative pool.
but now, in this moment, i'm just enjoying being surrounded by six new cloths in various stages of manifestation!
as for the cat....he's lost in kitty dreams and twitching in contentment...