January 13, 2013

Knowing When to Stop

I am hoping that this blog...its process of pausing to document, to notice...helps me connect all the loose threads of my life. Especially everything I am learning from Jude Hill and the wonderous stitchers over at Spirit Cloth.  Here goes.

She of No Body Fat violated our No Birthday Presents Treaty last fall.  I decided to retaliate with a bookmark that would echo my fascination with the icy blue of this winter's sky.  I saw the exact colors in some pieced scraps and a hunk of indigo and moon from Glennis Dolce. I began to stitch. 

It started with the three vertical colors on the right...but these kept expanding leftward as I couldn't find the feeling inside that said Done. Which forced more stitching...and then the white background...which forced more stitching...
7" x 4"
I finally stopped when I realized the bookmark was about to be bigger than the book. So mad at myself because I felt the precise moment when I should have put the piece down and just ran over it like a truck on a bag of potato chips. Lucky for me, Himself was in the room. He has the gift of seeing. He simply folded it in half. And it looked like winter AND a bookmark.

He saved the day. But I still wish I knew how to stop just slightly BEFORE it is time. In so many, many things...


  1. OH Lordy...here you ARE!!!!! this is SO

  2. there are always bigger books! ha, great to see you have a blog. grand!

  3. I love your bookmark folded in half & good to see your new blog!

  4. Knowing when to stop . I struggle with it too. I like the images of winter...and your dog.

  5. Hi, I've just come over from the Spirit Cloth forum to have a look- love your new header starring 'Clutch'

  6. Thanks for the warm welcome to the blogosphere, guys,

  7. I love this piece! folded...or not :)