Saved by the White Heart

28 Apr

Still working on prototypes for the tea pouches–little bags that will hold between 2 and 4 oz. of tea. I wrote about this project in my last post. And in the interim have learned a lot about self. For one thing, I am not mass production oriented. At All. I loved/love making the cloth for this project. But realize that once the cloth’s made, it’s time to turn the fabric over to a seamstress. Which I am not.
I’m not at all precise –I could be but it kinda bores me–so to get the general size, i’m just ripping and eyeballing. Still a certain amount of planning and precision is called for at this stage of the design process. Ends have to meet and drawstrings have to be long enough and then there’s the MACHINE. Filling bobbins–aarrrgh i hate doing that–and fiddling with things that jam up the needle or whatever. So this white heart figure. Oh. she saved my life. Evolved straight from right brain activity almost without my noticing. I was just handling scraps. Setting them here and there until I noticed the form and then I looked more closely and smiled. She seems to say, you take a break now. Stop thinking. Relax that furrowed brow. Don’t measure. Forget all of that. Just enjoy. Take your time with me, we’re just getting started. Forget production. Forget speed. Go slowly. I appreciate her advice.

What could I call her other than White Heart?white heart

But I’m committed to making the fabric for these little tea pouches. I love doing that. Even enjoy the free motion stitching–it’s loose and spontaneous and can be anything it turns out to be. But once the design and dimensions are firmed up, we will just find someone who enjoys production sewing. So here are a few puerh pouches intended to hold 2 or more oz. of loose tea. They’ve yet to be stained in tea. When I put them on the table, I was so charmed with the interaction between the four. A little family of sorts. puerh bags

I think about tea now. Tea that’s travelled from amazing parts of the world. From there to here. And I think about the history of the journey of tea over the milleniums. Here’s a fascinating article:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/05/tea-horse-road/jenkins-text

12 Responses to “Saved by the White Heart”

  1. elizabeth eve April 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    She looks forever like “Fly Away Home” to me – that old gospel song that conjures peace, comfort, and hope…along with some saddness. love, Elizabeth

    • Patricia April 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      i’m not familiar with that particular song–but love ole gospel–a lot. will look it up.

  2. deanna7trees April 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    i know what you mean about mass production. i’m lucky if i don’t get bored before finishing one project. wonderful pouches. couldn’t get the link to work.

    • Patricia April 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

      if you come back here, try the link again. it’s working now.

  3. Anonymous April 29, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    yes. how cloth talks to us. tells us Things. and yes too, about the Knowing to create
    the base of it, the spirit of it, and let it fly from there. i love your wing~ed being

    • Patricia April 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      i’m finding that so true. the base. the foundation. sometimes they just wait and wait and wait.–and it’s always a surprise.

  4. Mo Crow April 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I love how your White Heart Spirit of the Cloth appeared in the nick of time!

    • Mo Crow April 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      just want to add that I love making things in series! books, cards, prints, earrings, drawings, whatever… observing the variations on the theme…

      • Patricia April 29, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

        i’m not sure, but i think that may be happening here. we’ll see.

    • Patricia April 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      wow, you said it right–just iin the nick of time!

  5. saskia May 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    hi Patricia, back from an overactive week, loved every minute of it, so to my sporty brain your angel looks like she’s jumping for joy! haha love her and love your pouch-family

    • Patricia May 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Saskia! Yay. Seemed like you were gone FOR EVER. Glad you like “herself!” So good to hear from you.

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