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Thursday, February 14, 2013

More about stitching....

“To sew is to pray. Men don't understand this. They see the whole but they don't see the stitches. They don't see the speech of the creator in the work of the needle. We mend. We women turn things inside out and set things right. We salvage what we can of human garments and piece the rest into blankets. Sometimes our stitches stutter and slow. Only a woman's eyes can tell. Other times, the tension in the stitches might be too tight because of tears, but only we know what emotion went into the making. Only women can hear the prayer.” ---Louise Erdrich


Hand sewing or machine sewing, both are centering and sometimes meditative. When things are going well and you aren't having to rip out a lot, sewing can help lower blood pressure!
In spite of what Louise Erdrich says,  I think there are men who understand that too!

These photos are of my mother recently stitching.  She loves doing it, and finds it harder with advancing age.....yesterday she had a set back, a stroke brought on by not drinking enough, remember to "sip as you stitch".....and not on alcoholic beverages!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Aren't the colors of the quilt pretty with what your Mother is wearing! She is a beautiful lady and I hope she feels better soon. I'll keep her in my prayers. Happy Valentines day, my friend. Remember when we exchanged little Valentines at school? In a way, it doesn't seem that long ago! Sweet hugs, Diane

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I just love that quote--it is so true whether stitching "broken" pieces of fabric, knitting or crocheting unraveled yarn, women have always attempted to make something "whole" and beautiful out of broken pieces-- to hold together the fragments of their own broken lives. Really, our whole world is "broken", but enough about that!
I so hope your mom is on the mend. She looks like a really special lady with lots of talents! Who knew that dehydration could contribute to a stroke? Sending prayers for you both!

Lila Rostenberg said...

Thank-you Diane and Vicki!
Mom's are special treasures!
I do so wish we had remembered to have her drink plenty!A lesson here for sure!
Now she will be in rehab for a while....and maybe I will go visit my grandbabies for part of that time...families are such a blessing!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such lovely photos - memories forever. I hope your mom does well.

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