Thursday, March 04, 2021

Very Small

After my cathartic release yesterday, I felt better, or at least I was determined to feel better, which is something. Then more things came up. It turns out the State didn't exactly drop me, they just lost me in the lockdown shuffle, and since I tracked down the D.A., and got brought up to speed, I learned that a restitution hearing is still on the table. That's all about the criminal case, but it bears on the civil case. AND... I couldn't cry any more, so I went upstairs, did a Wednesday cardio, in the rain (it blows in on the balcony!) And then I picked up my sewing box and escaped into very small stitches and single strands of floss. Would anyone like to see some very small stitches? Please?
I began in my sketch book, looking for inspiration. Then I made a very small sketch on cloth. I am using the same cloth with the rings, and after I have filled in as many pieces as fit, I will cut each of them out for framing, or finishing as part of larger projects. (I only mention this because it's uncharacteristically diligent of me.) Anyway, look! A ratty-rat!
And. Yeah, the rest of this post is all about me tucked up in my room, with curtains open, listening to the rain and Edwardian Farm, while I make hundreds of tiny stitches turn into rats, an owl, a bat, and a hen.
Sometimes, even very small things can do a lot. I hope you are finding something, to make the days better, to remind you of your power.


Teresa Kasner said...

Those tiny works of art are wonderful! I'm wondering how you will use them. I have a friend who uses those tiny hoops to make needle minders, with a strong magnet on the back. I use mine all the time when weaving the ends in my current crochet blanket project. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tiny stitches. Loved to see them create such nice pictures. Yvonne

Anonymous said...

So happy to see the Ratties come to life in your needlework. They are charming. So handsome!


Cynthia said...

Just lovely. So fun to look at and Ratty Girlie is a favorite!

gretchenjoanna said...

I am in awe of your needle art.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Teresa, your crochet project is beautiful! Weaving in the ends isn't my favorite part of crocheting, but it gets you to the end, and that's gratifying! I am figuring out some ways of using the little stitches, and it's been gratifying, too. Thank for your kind words.

Thank you, Yvonne. I am having fun, and learning more and more!

Here come the Ratties! Thank you for being a Ratty fan, Ruth. I would like to make more.

Thank you, Cynthia. I am partial to the Ratty Girlies, too.

GretchenJoanna, thank you. It's all play and I feel fortunate to have time and space to try new things. There's an interesting lesson for me, which takes a life-time to recognize: Everything I have done, from the first time I held a needle and thread, to watching others sew, to making ugly/useless things, and mistakes, even sketching and painting... it all contributes to this time, when I feel capable, familiar, as though it's almost "easy." It's been a lifetime of practice, and in the middles and beginnings, I couldn't see that, and only felt the frustration. I feel so thankful to be in this position, where I can recognize and enjoy the whole story.

gretchenjoanna said...

That is lovely to hear!

Janece said...

(And with this post, I'm only a month behind in my comments. I'm sorry I'm late... but, I'm catching up... and what a nurturing self-care gift it is to live in the ChickenBlog world for an extended period of time.)

Readers. At 51, I think I need readers or something of the like. My eyes are fine until I have a headache or am tired. I went in for an eye exam not too long ago and the doctor said I didn't need anything corrective but maybe blue-blocking and a slight magnification to give my eyes a rest in the evenings. I still haven't done that. At 613 months, maybe I should ;)

Your tiny embroidered art is magical.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Your comments are such a tonic! Thank you for making the time and effort... it's not expected, but so very appreciated.
At 613 months, maybe readers would help. And what else might you add to your Baby Book of Maturer Accomplishments? I am thinking of things I could add... I am very confident in my fire building skills, and I can successfully roast potatoes in the fire, too. Those are good ones!