On the table

On the table today is the fourth in the ‘In Search of Peace’ quilts – ‘Dusk’.

The background for this one is a square of lightweight cotton denim under a layer of very fine white tulle. I’ve again used the cream/black silk yarn to couch down some outlines, and I’m quilting it with cotton perle threads, using comparatively large stitches.

This one has quite a nice rhythm. I work a line of quilting, then pause, look at it, decide where next to work a new line, and repeat this sequence. There is probably more stopping-and-thinking time in this one than stitching-time. And I think that’s what I like most about hand-stitched work: the work keeps all this time safe. It remembers.  It holds and records the time between stitches, the space between doing and being.

And so on it goes.

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3 Responses to On the table

  1. karen says:

    Karen, this is so beautiful…and I echo your sentiments about hand stitch.

  2. Rachel says:

    Hand stitching certainly gives the stitcher the time to contemplate their work – very useful thinking time, isn’t it!

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