Sunday, October 9, 2016

"we do not live an equal life,
but one of contrasts and patchwork;
now a little joy, then a sorrow,
now a sin, then a generous
or brave action."
-ralph waldo emerson

contrasts and patchwork. a fitting description for my life of late. and so i continue to stitch to distract my mind. digging deep into the stash of vintage fragments. the smaller ones especially. all i needed is an inch of each.  a thousand tiny stitches while the treadle rocks rhythmically beneath my foot. needle chanting in its own right. not as simple as when working completely by hand, but meditative just the same. 

now a dive into my stash of neutrals and whites to fine a border and a back. some more needle chanting, a little tying, and then a leisurely dunk in tea dye pot and a romp in the dryer.

hindsight being what it is, i'm wondering if i should have embroidered vines and flowers on the border. perhaps even a scattering of blossoms across the tiny 1/2 inch squares...  that could be an entertainment for another day.  i hear we are expecting 4 1/2 inches of snow on tuesday...



  1. I enjoyed reading your description as much as I liked viewing your creative project. I for one, like it's simplicity.

    1. thank you, jenny. i do enjoy it's simplicity, as well. but you know the machinations of a restless mind, always trying to do more.... ha!

  2. love tiny patchworked pieces. i have lots of scraps that i hope to stitch together some day. too busy with other things right now. i'm amazed that you are already expecting snow. we had our first cool morning today but it will still be in the high 80s by afternoon.

  3. Hand stitching is always a project that finds complement in my home when the snowflakes are flying outside. We are looking for some of that to visit us here in Missoula as well. Love your project with the very small squares.

  4. Ahhhhh ... snow already Joe ??? time for more tiny pieces to come together ...