September 21st is the International Day of Peace. In the week ahead, I plan to show some of the patches destined for the Peace Pin Project Shawl.

This one, stitched on Deb Lacativa dyed cloth, reads “a quiet web of peace,” words used with permission from Judy in Pennsylvania …

As with the others, it will ultimately be seen from the back …

The secondary colors were inspired by this post over at Artisun …

In response to Judy’s query (below), here’s a post about “marking stitch”
Some posts about “asemic writing” from the index:
And responding to Jude’s comment, this link about Pojagi:

6 thoughts on “Anticipating

  1. It's so interesting that the reverse of the stitching is what people will \”read\” – or not read really.Could you explain more about why you are choosing this mystery method?xo


  2. Judy – I'll try to explain … I've always been fascinated with the back-side of needlework, dating back to the mid-1970s when I was studying an 18th-century sampler as part of my work at Colonial Williamsburg. As practice pieces, samplers were a way of learning a skill that would be used to mark household linens in the future … including sheets and napkins with backs that were/are equally visible back and front. So it is that I gravitate toward making pieces of my own that are \”reversible.\”Likewise, I am endlessly fascinated by asemic works. Turning a stitched piece of writing to the backside makes it seem asemic, although in fact it can still be somewhat legible.Anyway, as I envisioned making a two-sided shawl with Pojagi/French seams, it occurred to me that I could be intentional in making the back-side the front … and in so doing, combine my two interests in one cloth. I also admit to hoping the seeming inscrutability of the cloth will prompt others to ask what it means (as you have), which in turn will enable me to reveal the words within and begin a conversation about peace.


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