Wednesday, September 14, 2016

- Life x 3

Retrospective (9/24)

Patch #258 And writing could be a sign


Original Post 

I recalled a quote that went "writers live life twice ... once for real and once on paper." Or something like that. So I googled it and the first attribution that came up was Natalie Goldberg, who authored a book we used in the EVWP (Eastern Virginia Writing Project) ...


I wondered if the quote was in my copy and, if so, whether I had highlighted it. I thought I hit pay dirt on page 44, given the marginal note ...


but I couldn't find her using those words on the page, so I kept looking and found this on page 48 ...


Well, I'm here to tell you that this stitcher lives life three times: for real, written on the blog, and stitched into patches.

And so, for the past three weeks I've been traveling, playing with grandkids, taking pictures and writing things down. Now I'm stitching my memories retrospectively by looking back at my posts and printing out pictures ...


Then pricking ...


and transferring lines to linen ...


backing with a bit of harem cloth ...


which at this scale can be held as I stitch ...


then trimmed once the stitching is complete ...


The edges of the patch are then pinched down, using a bit of cover stock to get a straight-ish edge ...


the edges are invisibly basted (thank you Jude Hill!) ...


and the patch is ready to add to the post for August 30th (http://imgoingtotexas.blogspot.com/2016/08/snapshot.html). Now I just have to do 14 more patches (including today) and I'll be caught up.

I also have some awesome news about how I'm making my cloth strips for patching (thanks to Dana at Raven and Sparrow), but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

2 comments:

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

ha, great quote & yes makers/creators/writers etc live their lives at least twice; awesome witnessing your sewing process

Liz Ackert said...

Writing down process really helps solidify it in my mind ... glad you like it, too!