With its visual field of deep black velvet and twinkling white stitches this African-American signature quilt is as powerful and mysterious as the universe.
Mend It Better is a very approachable and a comprehensive reference for taking care of your clothes. It is a book about love and empowerment.
"this is a communal quilt project designed... in an effort to get more quilters/embroiderers/textilefolks to exercise their potty-mouths in textile form."
I decided to accept Chawne's challenge, and use it as an opportunity to tell the story of the first time I exercised my potty-mouth...
In 1971, I was seven years old. I came home from school one afternoon. My grandparents were visiting and sitting on the couch. My little brother was playing at the other end of the living room. I began taunting him with a saying I had heard at school that day.
If you see Kay... tell her hi!
I didn't know what it meant, but I thought it must be something cool and clever. Maybe I had the sense that it was taboo in some way. All the other kids were repeating it behind the teachers' backs.
F you see Kay... tell her hi!
F U see Kay... tell her hi!
F. U. C. K... tell her hi!
I was unrelenting with my taunt until my four year old brother started to cry. My grandparents overheard. My mother grabbed me by the collar and took me to another room. She made me repeat the nasty saying. My dad took me to the bathroom and scraped a bar of soap against my upper teeth. I wasn't allowed to drink any water. I was sent to my room without dinner... I still didn't understand what I had said but I knew it was bad.
The moral of this story... If you choose to exercise your potty-mouth there will be consequences. Good luck Chawne! And thanks for the opportunity to participate.
Dear readers, if you have a memory of the first time you exercised your potty-mouth, I would love to hear it!
I HEART REDWORK! I created this banner to invite people to participate in stitching names for the Prayer Banners. Someday, I would like to do something more extensive.
Sheetal shared a link on the Hoopla post, to the redwork quilt below by Nova over at a cuppa and a catch up. It's a collaboration with her mum in the UK. Now this is what I mean about something more extensive!
Also check out Cauchy09's bold and beautiful redwork over at flickr.
Just out ~ Hoopla, the Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain. I am pleased to report that my work is featured in this 400 page book on innovative embroidery. Hoopla contains in depth interviews with artists working in the medium along with fabulous DIY embroidery projects. Hoopla has it all! I'm so honored to be a part of it. One of my Tattoo Baby Dolls even made the back cover!
Last Thursday Leanne was in San Francisco promoting Hoopla at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art during their monthly Etsy craft bar. Lots of craft lovers were on hand to meet Leanne and participate in one of the stitching projects featured in her book, Photo Feelism. Check out Leanne's Hoopla website.
It was a lot of fun meeting Leanne. Not only was I lucky enough to be included in Hoopla, I won the night's door prize! Since I already have a large stash of embroidery floss I'm passing my prize along as a giveaway.
To enter leave a comment about anything related to the art of embroidery, such as your favorite stitch or the kinds of images you usually embroider. You can describe or link to something you've embroidered recently, or to something you've seen that someone else has embroidered, leave an embroidery tip, tell a story about someone you know who embroiders, or anything about your experience with embroidery. I'll leave comments open for the giveaway through Wednesday, October 19.
Fourteen women helped stitch names of fallen American soldiers and Iraqi citizens for the war memorial and bereavement project Prayer Banner: MERCY as part of the Veteran's Day Virtual Sewing Circle.
Participants and Responses
- Mary in Chicago, IL of QuiltyGoodness
- Mary in Oakland, CA
- Linda in Columbia, MD of Fiber and Pulp
- Deb in Michigan of Life in Stitches
- Nancy in Los Angeles
- Nicole in Memphis, TN Names of the Fallen on Turn Your Face To The Sun.
- Heather in British Columbia, Canada Mercy And Security on True Stitches.
- Lisa in Malvern, PA Every Day Is Veteran's Day on A Thread from the Edge.
- Kristin in Hawaii of Musings
- Amy in Portland, OR
- Lynda in Richmond, CA, stitched names with Lauren & Audrey B.
- Deborah in Jenkintown, PA
- Linda in Catonsville, MD of Seminole Sampler
- Mary-Michael in Bluffton, SC Veterans' Day Sewing Circle on One Feisty Stitch
A HUGE thank you to all of the above! Your stitching is marvelous and I can't wait to add your handiwork to Prayer Banner: MERCY. I enjoyed this tremendously and only wish we could all be in the same room stitching hand-to-hand.
Stay tuned for another virtual sewing circle in March to mark the 11th anniversary of the ongoing, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - how awful and terrible to still be working on this project...
Even though the war in Iraq is supposedly over, deadly emotional ramifications continue to persist. Join me for a virtual sewing circle in honor of Veteran's Day. Help stitch the names of soldiers who have died in the Iraq war as a meditative act of petition, prayer and compassion.
When I mend a pair of worn out jeans, I begin with the obvious damage, but often the threadbare places go uncharted until I begin patching - and soon another previously unnoticed area erupts under the needle.
My soul sometimes feels like a pair of worn-out jeans. Everything seems fine, then suddenly wherever I turn I'm faced with another threadbare place worn out from a lifetime of habitual defenses. With age the path of habit wears thin, again and again. I'm sad to find myself in the midst of this mess, this fragility, this mending. I thought I fixed that in my 20's and again in my 30's. I wasn't expecting this.
Mending is slow work and the fix is impermanent. Once mended, the object is put back into the service of everyday use. Taking the time to mend often feels like a pause from the excitement of creating something completely new. It's meticulous work, and can be tedious.
What is the reward? I asked my boyfriend what he liked best about his mended jeans, "They are unique, nobody has a pair like them. I felt cared for, and my favorite pair of jeans was saved from oblivion."
Mending charts an unpredictable, scarred, and transformed geography, on the surface of a favorite pair of jeans, and within the heart.