Saturday, December 21, 2013

Solstice Stitching

It is Day 21 of the daily embroidery piece I began on December 1.
Daily Embroidery, December 2013

Daily Embroidery, December 2013

 For this one, I'm using only open chain stitch, in five successive colors. The composition is freeform—when I sit down to stitch each day, I decide where to go next.

Daily Embroidery, December 2013

Daily Embroidery, December 2013

It seems especially important to take time for my artwork today, the shortest day of the year. I know it's technically not the new year yet, but it feels like it to me.

Daily Embroidery, December 2013

I feel poised at a turning point. From this day onward, light increases. Today is the day to live the expression, "Start as you mean to go on."

Daily Embroidery, December 2013

Daily Embroidery, December 2013

I mean to expand in 2014. More time for art, more time for my Blue Peninsula designs. Bigger projects undertaken, more risks, fewer hesitations, more trust.

Daily Embroidery, December 2013

Long have you timidly waded, holding a plank by the shore,
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
To jump off in the midst of the sea, and rise again and nod to me and shout, and laughingly dash with your hair.

So wrote Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass. I've read these words so many times since I was in graduate school. The book's pages are yellowed, the spine is cracking. But I keep reading, still sustained, still encouraged by Whitman's words.

I hope you have a joyful Winter Solstice and are able to make time for what you love!




4 comments:

Virginia Sattler-Reimer said...

I look forward to seeing what wild and new endeavors you create in the new year! Today feels like the beginning for me as well, Return of the Light! I am going to try stitching everyday, inspired by you. Do you set a time amount, or a length of thread, how do you do it?

Bonnie said...

Hi Virginia. It is not so systematic as that. I stitch for as long as seems right, for the composition. Some days for a half hour, others for only five minutes. It's different every day. Some days I have to rush out the door to work, weekends are so much more leisurely. My energy varies also.

Happy 2014 and happy stitching!

India said...

Bonnie. Just catching up, finally, with blogs this morning. This is just a wonderful post. I love the December stitchery--the colors, and the open chain stitch. Just beautiful. Even more, I love the Whitman quote. I'd not seen it before, but I think I will have to write it out and displaybit prominently on my desk. Thank you for providing me with both inspiration and motivation for the year ahead! I hope 2014 is a good year for you, too--

Bonnie said...

India, thanks for your comment. I'm glad the Whitman quote appeals to you. I look forward to seeing your stitching and other creative projects in the new year!