For the most part, my journal has alway been a way to catch thoughts. On paper.
Catch them to develop later. Mostly in cloth.
These days, though, I catch my thoughts directly in cloth. I am able to just go. I think it is the nature of the medium. It captures the sense of what I feel so easily. It became a language. After all this time, it did.
I said to myself OH! What if ? this is the way it can happen.
Soul-o has developed a bit of an attitude. His chair, His quilt, His pillow. And constant play and chewing has taken its toll. This morning He let me take the pillow for mending.
After removing the little pillow cover, ( it measures 12" x 16") I decided to wash it before mending. This pillow cover might be a nice little bag for spring gathering I thought. A pillow cover is a pocket after all. What if I just poke through the sides, make button holes, insert a little quilt string and knot the ends? I could remove the tie or even tuck the tie in and make it back into a pillow in a jiffy. Before He notices. Or not. For a while. Maybe another cover. That could be a bag. Home can have it's own season. Bag, Pillow, Bag Pillow.... Give. Take..
The walls in this room that we are heating are plaster. Tacking things up on them is not really possible. The magic cloth is nailed up there for a while now. I pinned some blank cloth up there as a temporary What If (?) wall. Because I like to be surrounded by little experiments while I am working on a big cloth. It helps me make distractions into more meaningful small journeys.
Sometimes a large cloth can inspire a small cloth. Sometimes it is the other way around. Some times a little trial for a small thought or question can turn into a work all by itself. Or become part of a larger work. Sometimes I just need a break. Whatever it is or however it might happen is all part of it. But having the chaos visible helps me to see the connections of how it goes. Or how it might go.
So this little cloth that I started in Sun Moon Stars and worked on a bit in Diaries, and was calling How One Heart might affect Another (and still am) even though it started out as a little solstice cloth.... well I just felt like stitching on it today. To re-experiment with what I call the coma effect on a smaller cloth (Coma being one of my larger ones that hangs on the other wall here). And well it is about a shift in perception and it so much related to a sense of safety or not, I just thought it was good for me to think about that today. Before I sit with HOME tonight. Side trips can still get you where you might be thinking of going.
I have an awful lot of words lately. I wonder why that is.
I will be opening up the shop in a week or so, not sure if there will be much new work for sale, but the work on your own online classes will be available again. Since some of you were asking. I also hope to finish updating my links page, PlaceKeeper, and it will pop back up soon. As always, thanks for your continued patience with my many moods. There will be no shortage of them.