Monday, January 14, 2013

Sticks and Stones 77" x 15" 2013

My obsession with stones knows no bounds.  The latest theme challenge from my Loose Threads group was "sticks and stones."  Well.  The background had been hanging around my design wall for months, so all I had to do was applique some stones and now I have a river on my dining room table.

Our next theme challenge is a quote from Ray Bradbury.  "We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.  The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."

I think my buddies forgot I also have a thing for tea bowls.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Stone Bowls 10" 2012

 So stitching appliqued "stones" has taken on a life of its own, as I still seek comfort from the meditatively slow process.  Any small scrap of fabric that looks like a piece of earth I cut into a pebble shape.  Next to my favorite chair I keep a basket of "pebbles" and small background squares, gray thread, needle, and scissors.  Sometimes all I want to do is quietly needle turn the little ovoids as if making "stones" will eventually heal me.  These bowls are a departure from the squares.  Again, like the squares, they keep coming.  If there is some symbolism to this pursuit, it eludes me.