STITCH + MEDITATION = INNER PEACE
It’s really a simple equation. And I find whether it’s knitting, crochet, embroidery, or mending it holds true for me (unless I’m under a deadline!) For me, finding meditation time is not just a desire, it is a necessity. It is how I deal with the world. It is how I stay sane. It is how I find answers to everyday questions. When I’m stitching, answers come to me like some people find them in the shower.
When I saw a post about A Year In Stitches a 2016 endeavor by Hannah Claire Somerville, I was smitten with the idea. Just a few days later a friend of mine created a Facebook group and invited a few friends to join her for A Year of Stitches 2017. Of course I hopped onboard. (I’ve recently joined a larger group on Facebook for A Year of Stitches. I’m looking forward to seeing more ideas and sharing there.)
I started on January 1, 2017. In order to make this project “my own” I made a plan to create stitched Mandalas with a different thread color radiating for each day of the week. Each Mandala would represent a week with seven colors each. At the end of the year I would have 52 Mandalas. My thought was that this would be a great way to ease into the studio each day. It would give me a “no pressure” way to get the creative juices flowing. I have completed week 11 as of today. Here is the progress:
What I’ve learned so far:
- I don’t always do my stitching each day. For whatever reason I miss some days. So, some days I do several days worth of stitching.
- Some days I do the color for that day and I would really like to keep going. It feels like I just get started and I have to stop.
- I have always finished up each week on time!
- It has opened up some other creative ideas and projects. You will see some of them soon including this….
This is going to end up filling a 12 inch diameter embroidery hoop. Right now it is just over 6 inches diameter. I am stitching this on a piece of ivory silk. This project gives me the opportunity to keep going on the days I get on a roll and don’t have other deadlines to meet. I’ve always been interested in taking on a “daily art practice”, but have either failed in the past, or hesitated taking on the challenge. This one has been perfect for me. Low pressure, stress reducing (not inducing!) and it has inspired my regular art making practice. I will keep you posted on my progress throughout the year. (Now that I’m almost 3 months in, I’m not so worried about “failing” my committment again.)