If you can't improve the silence,
~ Zen teaching
I wanted to show you that I haven't just been sitting here, enjoying the silence around me. I've also been enjoying the very slow progress I've been making on my stitching project, too. I felt compelled to embellish the painted muslin leaves when I saw that the leaves on our maple tree were already showing some gorgeous early fall colors.
I've stopped embellishing any further for now, though, because now I'm adding lots of little seed stitches to the denim scraps I sewed together.
This is only the beginning of what I have in mind for these scraps of denim. Right now the tone-on-tone stitches are adding some really, really lovely texture and extra stability to the cloth.
A few years ago when I started to do needle-work again, I randomly called what I was doing intuitive stitching. Last week I learned that there is already another term for this type of stitching. It's called freestyle embroidery! This year I've discovered freestyle crochet, as well, and I love it, too!
During my silent summer, I've somehow managed to pin over 15,000 images onto my Pinterest boards! Sometimes I really think I enjoy too many things! But then I see some of the amazing art and artists I've pinned, and I wouldn't know how to love any of these things any less.
A few of the wonderful artists I've learned to love are:
and Colleen Parker
to name only 4 out of so many! And then there are all the self-portraits!
Self portraits of women
Self-portraits of men
and people painting other people
and then there's just the random art i love
and the textile art! And. . . and. . .
Well, you get the idea. I've been absorbing so much artsy goodness these last few months! Artsy goodness and silence.
And finally a few more of my favorite words regarding silence:
“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence
and learn from it.
It has a quality and a dimension all its own.”
~ Chaim Potok
“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
~ Will Rogers
“My personal hobbies are reading,
listening to music,
~ Edith Sitwell
“Blessed is the man who,
having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”
~ George Eliot
I'll be back when I feel I have something worthwhile to say :)
Thanks for stopping by!