Adding Stitches–and Talking Hearts

1 Mar

Fast, fast week.  Too fast.  But Primordial Soup is making its intention clear.  Tiny stitches for the soup.  Tiny stitches not even pulled snug, just sort of left with a little loop before the next stitch begins.  Little beady things.  It’s adding a nice texture to the cloth. You’ll have to enlarge the pic to see the stitches–and this is just the beginning. Kantha stitches on the left may have to come out.  That’s a tree curtain they’re on and I was hoping the horizontal stitches would created MORE of a vertical pattern.  with stitches

And for the children. A talking heart. Variation of the talking stick and this one was requested by a friend who teaches pre-K. And the idea is that the child with the heart gets to talk–and the others get to listen. Made from maybe 30 little pieces of various fabrics, kantha stitched in red and then free motion stitched in blue. I would have left off after the red stitching, but didn’t think the heart would survive the wear and tear. It’s backed with heavy denim and stuffed with short grain brown rice! talking heart

And this morning, bright and very early because there’s no school today and Boy needed a place to be, and his parents leave for work before the sun comes up–this was how I started my day–with him–telling me about the way colors mix–and the beauty of ring fingers.

finger lights

and remain amazed at how BUSY he can be–and how much he can EAT–and after walking Earl, building airplanes from Legos, barns and houses from Lincoln Logs, he walked into my ROOM and decided to water color something–and here it is–this was his first “serious” piece and he calls it “Happy Birds” with water color

8 Responses to “Adding Stitches–and Talking Hearts”

  1. Laurie March 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Okay, so again I just want to cry. Soooo beautiful!


    • patricia March 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      oh–there you are! welcome to THIS part of my world.


      • Laurie March 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

        I’ve been here all along. Just haven’t gotten past the tears stage to where I could leave anything coherent. Not sure this qualifies. 🙂


  2. Mo Crow March 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    love the stitching on the gateway into the primordial soup, your talking heart listens well, the wonderment of those 21st C colours and the freshness of the boy’s art, thank you for all this muchness!


    • patricia March 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      you know how kantha stitches create a fabric ripple at right angles to the stitches? that’s what i had hoped would happen here. i might to go back in and put rows in between the existing ones. or i might just need to pull them out and stitch vertically. waiting.


  3. Carol March 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Grandmothers teach such wonderful “things” to busy boys. Boy is so fortunate to have you in his life, Patricia. He will remember these special times!


  4. spiritcloth March 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    yes, put the rows of stitches closer together,


  5. grace Forrest~Maestas March 5, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    this is just Wonder Full. the Mystery is so much in this. and
    about the rivulets…yes, closer stitching, but i don’t know if going
    back and adding between will work? and also, you have to pull the
    tension some. this is my experience of hours and hours of it. but
    just now, as it is is stunning. and if you DO decide to try for the
    effect, this cloth is worth taking it all out and beginning again.
    and the speaking heart…well…this is a true gift, both to be asked
    to create it and then for the children to use it. thank you so much
    for telling us about this.
    and the Boy’s art…i love that he wants to make his own. your making
    will have such huge effect…i hope he keeps it up. tell him we love it.


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