Yesterday, Julochka wrote a very thought-provoking post about transition.  It made me realise that ‘waiting’ is an active verb: it is an activity in itself, not the absence of activity before beginning something new.  We are ‘waiting’ for our house to sell.  It has been on the market for six months now, and the recession is still very much alive and well in our area of the UK.  Waiting saps energy and vitality, and can be disabling to the point of inertia.
I am exploring some of these feelings in this piece:

This is mostly plain linen and will have a lot of stitching over the surface.  I want the stitched marks to express the frustration of inertia and the tedium of unproductive waiting.
Thankfully, however, it’s not all tedium.  This week there have been several pleasant surprises:
fabric swap from twiggy
fabric swap from dee
fabric swap from sandra
These are just perfect, ladies – thank you all so much for such a wonderful exchange.
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8 Responses to Waiting

  1. Deborah says:

    Nice piece and some great pieces of fabric! Good luck with your house. I know it can be hard to wait.

  2. All things need time to be born. Love this new piece, very African… if I say that, hyou're not going gvo unpick it are you? ;}

  3. Sandra says:

    I know the stress of waiting for a house to sell, especially when you've already bought another house….Hope for you that people will come and buy your house soon. I'm glad you like the fabrics.

  4. arlee says:

    that's a VERY strong piece–don't Unpick it! don't foofoo it either–stay powerful with it!

  5. yvette says:

    strong indeed as arlee wrote!I came here via Sandra and you make beautiful work!yvette

  6. Kaye Turner says:

    Thank you all – Arlee, I'm almost afraid to continue in case I froo-froo it…

  7. julochka says:

    i'm happy that my waiting feeling has cleared, tho' we are still waiting to sell our house too and, like you, it's been on the market nearly 6 months. we'll rent it out when we move, so we'll be ok and we've arranged to rent the house we're buying until ours sells – happily, we're able to build the contract that way. probably b/c the house we're buying has been on the market for 585 days, so they're desperate to see someone who is interested.i love that you're exploring your waiting in stitches. me, i just got paralyzed. actually, i'm knitting at the moment, so i'm not completely paralyzed, it's just not so symbolic as stitches can be.

  8. Kaye Turner says:

    Ah, knitting is the best possible stressbuster!

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