Sunday, April 29, 2012

Needle and ThREAD

"Daily-ness, like sewing, puts one stitch after the other.  At first you don't see how on earth you will cover a whole piece of linen with manipulated thread.  And then you start, making each long stitch count, each short stitch, each French knot as good as you can make it, as perfect, pouring all your energy into the measure of the thread, like a measure of music, and watching the work grow under your very hands, and going to bed, and getting up the next morning.  Having one day, and then the next."  Molly Peacock in The Paper Garden: An Artist {Begins Her Life's Work} at 72

Raising a family is a bit like that.  Getting up in the morning and starting the oatmeal, doing the laundry, reading the stories.  Making each stitch count -  each word, each task, each meal, each bedtime, each walk in the woods - as good as you can make it, pouring all your energy in.  The work grows "under your very hands".  Your children grow ... and before you know it, you have stitched a family ... a life ... in all the little daily things that seemed so small, one after another after another ...

The Paper Garden: An Artist {Begins Her Life's Work} at 72 by Molly Peacock.  The biography of Mary Delaney (1700-1788) whose flower collages, or as she called them, "paper mosaicks" are in the collection of the British Museum.  (thanks to Alicia for mentioning this book in a post back in February - it is a very interesting read).

Healing Arthritis: Complementary Naturopathic, Orthopedic, and Drug Treatments by Penny Kendall-Redd and Stephen Reed

Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture (Exploring the Great Ideas) by Makoto Fujimura with foreward by Tim Keller, in anticipation of hearing Fujimura speak at the Childlight Conference in early June.

Embroidery on a favorite piece of fabric before sewing it into a "wallet" for prayer cards.

Looking at saris and quilt books in anticipation of one of this summer's quilt projects.

needle and thREAD


Bonnie said...

What a good book list!
I think I looked at the Molly Peacock book. LOVE Refractions.
Wanting to do handwork although Emma and I did get out our hooked rugs so that helped the bug!

Can't wait to see what you do with the summer quilts!

Amber Benton said...

This. Is. Food. Love to you, your handwork, and your HANDS!

Jeannine said...

Beautiful handiwork, and beautiful reflection. I don't know how I missed this post the first time around, but I am happy I found it now!