Stitching a Journal of Sorts

4 Aug

I didn’t document the evolution of this cloth during the recent family sojourn to the ocean. But the stitching started with birds that emerged–one of the top right hand side, and one midway down on the left. The birds changed as the week progressed–as other elements raised their hand for acknowledgment. And suddenly I was captured in the “under tow.” Recording the deeper stuff. IMG_2310 (1) It’s all there. A map of the trip. The inner and outer journey. What one sees and what one senses.

This will not be a slow cloth. Lessons perceived and bucket holes noticed are begging for thread-time. So it’s going quickly–a cloth on a mission. A recording in stitch.

When I look back at pictures of the cloth, before stitch was added, I wonder. There was so much potential, I think, and yet, like a dream catcher, this is what was caught.


19 Responses to “Stitching a Journal of Sorts”

  1. Liz August 4, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    This is magical … it will warm your heart in the middle of winter as you look back at your golden week and anticipate the ones to come in the future.


    • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      simply not sure and feeling unmotivated to continue. hmmmm.


      • Liz August 5, 2015 at 8:33 am #

        When to stop … when to continue. Always a puzzle to me …


  2. Marti August 4, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Families have so many threads, so many emotions, events, history, woven among the every day, the special times so yes, I can see this cloth of family time as a dream catcher, a sorter of what needed to go, what remained and what shape shifted into becoming…


    • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 8:32 am #

      yes–again a dream catcher. it is as though it were all a dream and now i’m watching as the pieces settle around me. remembering that change, thankfully, is a constant.


  3. beth August 4, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    So interesting to look back and forth between the two. What I see in the unstitched version and what emerged for you. I am really beginning to think of cloth work as more therapy than “art”. I hope it felt healing for you to work on this.


    • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 8:33 am #

      healing? perhaps. purging for certain. i guess there’s


      • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 8:33 am #

        a lot of healing encompassed in weeding out.


  4. debbie.weaver August 4, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Beautiful and what a wonderful way to remember a time away


    • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      oh Debbie. although it does look much better in person, i’m feeling strangely ambivalent about it. perhaps i’ll continue at a later date?


  5. Mo Crow August 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    love your sense of colour and line


    • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      thanks Mo.still wondering how to change its “affect”


      • Mo Crow August 5, 2015 at 11:33 am #

        this cloth is such a setting free of the subconscious, don’t try to second guess the what’s next, just roll it up and let it settle for a bit, the cloth will let you know what else it wants when you come back to it with fresh eyes.


        • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

          i ALWAYS appreciate your comments–and especially am grateful for this one.


          • Mo Crow August 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

            (((Patricia))) even though the quiet philosophocal observer part of me says let it rest for a bit, I am also the manic queen of obsessive making to the point where my fingertips bleed to finish the work all in one go to ride the energy …


            • Mo Crow August 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

              aw jeeze typos… that’s meant to be philosophical… oh Ha!


            • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

              i do understand that obsession–and had it with this cloth originally–now a gentler feeling is arising. this is good. no rush


  6. grace August 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    i think it’s elegant in it’s Primal language. and Primal Language to me neither needs nor wants
    interpretation. It presented. I would give THANKS and yes, roll it up inbetween
    times, which may be days, or weeks, or moments. or all. I would let the Cloth
    dictate Everything. It’s Extremely BeautyFull


    • Patricia August 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      hi Grace. yes–it’s not the interpretative aspect put me off–and yes, the nuances of the cloth coupled wit h insights from “vacation” totally dictated what emerged. but i will set it down for now. there was a sense that I was just going and listening with only half an ear. and at this point, i refuse to muck with the integrity of the cloth. thanks for your observations. hope all is well in the land of enchantment.


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