Tuesday, January 29

Insteading Away the Hours

I love hand stitching. Sitting with bits and pieces of cloth and thread and drawing with them. There is something so peaceful and . . . just lovely about quietly moving needle and thread through fabric. 'Whiling away the hours' is the perfect description for how I've been spending my time, because I really should be doing any of fifteen other things - while instead - I'm sewing. Maybe I should refer to this practice as 'Insteading away.'

 Jude Hill introduced me to the joys of stitching a couple of years ago, but a persistant, stabbing pain in my right thumb sent me to a specialist for a morning of bizarre electrodiagnostic testing for carpal tunnel, which I did not have. "Stop doing what you've been doing," was the advice of the costly specialist.

 So, I've gone back to stitching, but I've added a daily dose of Vitamin I (ibuprofen) to my sewing basket. If there was just a 'vitamin' that could do laundry.

10 comments:

  1. During our next visit we have to do this. I just LOVE it!!

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  2. The winter my mother-in-law passed found me hand stitching a quilt for a queen sized bed. Every day the repetition of making those tiny stitches. I felt as though that length of thread was the only thing holding me to the earth, that each morning I could pick up my needle and follow it through the hours until night fall. It literally saved my life. Every time I visit Jude Hill's blog I get that quiet, reassurance that only comes from needle and thread. As usual, dear Leslie, you are onto the good stuff too. BTW, I'm up to my elbows in black bean dye this morning. I have questions only black bean dye can answer. Hugs from afar. xo

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  3. I'm off to visit my copy of Louise Hay's "You can Heal your Body"......there must be some 'thing' with that thumb. I used to have a pain in my left thumb....my Doc then said it was arthritis..."sorry", she said. Guess what? It went away. Probably with the massage by a Native American woman I met who ran a 'rock' shop in the town near Penland......anywho....what a beautiful distraction. I think Jude's blog saved me too. ox

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  4. this is just wonderful and a beautiful tribute to your dear Atticus...

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  5. this is Truly wonderful. i too have been touched by jude . i have started a new "old " journey with cloth and dyeing theses past 2 years . i hope you continue to do more with this medium .
    xxoo
    kathyd

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  6. Dear Leslie, I see so much love in this quilted story cloth. I can just imagine how lovely it must have been, stitching and loving all your moments. Take care dear friend,
    roxanne

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  7. What a lovely story cloth! Gazing at the cloth, I recognized Jude's influence. It's delightful to see a whole cloth...a whole story. Just wonderful!

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  8. I see Jude here as well but mostly I see a beautiful stitched story by you!
    Insteading is the best of all...off to do myself today.

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  9. ooh. This doesn't seem good!
    How is it feeling now?

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