Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stitch Journal, Week 45

This week I've been so glad to have my Stitch Journal to focus on. I was feeling a lot of anxiety before the election, and afterwards . . .  well, even more anxiety, along with shock, disbelief, grief, and even fear. It's helped a lot to sit down each morning and simply observe nature and stitch for a while.

In the past week, I've stitched dark red-browns, for changing maple leaves; white for frost on the fields and for chickadees; green for lush grass after rain; golden brown for oak leaves that are always the last to fall; dark brown for tree trunks in morning light.

The morning after the election (Day 314 of this project), I thought at first I would stitch something disruptive and shocking, maybe a dark wedge. But then I thought, no—no negativity. I chose white thread instead—the color worn by the suffragists who fought for women's right to vote. For the past couple of mornings, I've stitched white French knots in a dense circle expanding outward. It's my way of holding on to hope at a moment when it would be so easy to succumb to despair.

To quote Robert Frost: "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

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Stitch Journal, Day 309

Day 310
Stitch Journal, Day 310

Day 311
Stitch Journal, Day 311

Day 312
Stitch Journal, Day 312

Day 313
Stitch Journal, Day 313

Day 314
Stitch Journal, Day 314

Day 315
Stitch Journal, Day 315

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Jane said...

I love the white for the suffragettes. Stitching, knitting, walking, writing, drawing (in other words - creating and making) is important these days. I keep reminding myself that I live local and find things to do to lift up others in my community.

Bonnie said...

That's a beautiful way to look at things, Jane! Thanks so much for your comment.