Friday, July 8, 2016

What Do You Do When You Need To Sooth Your Soul?

     Do you have an art activity that helps sooth your soul? I've found two things that give me some relief when things are bothering me. One is to repair torn or old cloth items and put them back into good use. The other is to sit down, listen to natural sounds of birds and wind rustling leaves or turn on music while I hand sew free-style embroidery stitches. I learned this peaceful type of meditation when I took an online class with Jude Hill. Until then I only did machine sewing. Now I love doing both. I find that each has its place in my artwork.
     Awhile back I posted here about how one of my favorite shirts got ruined by bleach.
My "boyfriend" shirt
In that post, I showed how I put some patches of cotton fabrics on it and started to boro stitch to give it character. I've been so busy working on my dyeing projects, that I haven't had time to work on the shirt much. But this week, I needed some calm time and I sat down with it and stitched away and it's finished.
Better than Ever
     Now I like it better than before. It actually belonged to my husband and I borrowed it to wear it.
detail of the stitches
I stitched a floral motif in the upper right because that was on the fabric and it was fun. I chose not to cover all the bleach  with fabric because when I auditioned fabric in those places, it looked too much like a bib. So now, I have to wait until at least late October to wear it. The temperatures here are in the high 90's (Fahrenheit) and will be until then. I doubt my husband will want to wear the shirt anymore with its new style. 
     There are things we can all do to get involved in fixing ills of our ailing society and we should, but  we also need to take care of our own mental well being while all this craziness is going on. When I can fix one small thing in an artful way, it is soothing and satisfying. I'm linking this to Off The Wall Friday where you can find other art quilt blogs. Please make comments on their posts to let the artists know you stopped by. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Lovely work... I enjoy the quiet of hand stitching. Brings me back to myself.

    1. Thank you. It is a lot about enjoying quiet time.

  2. A timely post for me- I need some peace. What a beautiful piece!

  3. Great idea, really makes the shirt. I love starting my studio time with hand stitching.

  4. I like that very much; it's not something I'd have thought of. My most soul-soothing activities? Either a long jog (run) or knitting or hand stitch -- the more repetitive, the better. :-)

    1. I've become very attracted to the boro style of repair and looking for something to use it on. So when this shirt got damaged, I wasn't very upset and looked forward to the repair.


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