P’s knees

The daily patches are still inside my head, patiently waiting to be made real.

Meantime, there was mending to do: a hole in P’s pants …

So I wondered if I could do the blanket stitch mending in a heart shape …

The answer was/is yes!

Process note: variegated Valdani #12 perked cotton on stretch knit leggings.

Reality check: these will probably not make it past a wearing or two, but a smile from P will make it all worthwhile …

Monkey mind

January 31, 2021 – Jackson’s fish

I first encountered the concept of monkey mind in Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing down the bones. There I instantly recognized my habit of constantly jumping from one thing to another.

Which brings me to how the last patch in January came about.

I ended the month in the closing pages of Ingrid Fetel Lee’s Joyful, which I first read about over at Hazel’s Handstories.

The last chapter mentioned artist Eva Zeisel and something about the Chrysler Building in New York, which reminded me of Fiona’s recent post at Paper Ponderings.

So I did a Google image searches on the Chrysler …

and Eva Zeisel …

which reminded me I was going to do a patch of Jackson’s watercolor fish …

So I zoomed in and fished around for inspiration …

Which reminded me that I had some painted cloth gifted by Joanne, which went really well with another bit of gifted cloth dyed by Tina.

So I stitched together three pieces of watercolory yellow, orange and pink with two strands of black DMC floss as a nod to J’s crayon lines.

And finally, left the right side of the patch open-ended …

because I remembered that I need to finish the black and white check border to determine what length the January strip of patches needs to be.

Like I said … monkey mind.

Tempus fidgets

January 22, 2021 – Time flies when you’re having fun

Griffin’s school has gone back to virtual learning, so most days we get to listen in on his morning lessons. This Friday his class was working on personification, after which he had an independent assignment (called asynchronous learning in these Covid times) in which he was to choose a phrase and illustrate it.

This is what he came up with, which I immediately said I wanted to copy …

My mind filled with associations as I stitched. How G’s illustration reminded me of the animated clock in Beauty and the Beast, of Coconut the owl currently living in Austin Kleon’s palm tree, and of the messenger owls in Harry Potter

I think I first heard the phrase “time flies …” in high school, where my chemistry teacher, Mel Rosenstein, said it virtually every day in his never-ending quest to keep a roomful of antsy sophomores from zoning out. He also taught us how to use slide rules, but beyond that I don’t remember much.

Nonetheless, the phrase stuck, enough so that I asked someone to translate it into the Latin “tempus fugit cum se oblectat” so I could stitch it not once, but twice into samplers …

Coming soon: I want to figure out how to use some of J’s artwork, too …

Process notes: that rich gold floss is Deb Lacativa’s and the variegated green dyed cloth is from Fiber on a Whim.