Stitch Meditation – Day 85 and 86

As I embarked on this 100 Day Stitch Meditation Challenge, I didn’t expect it to last so long! My first post was dated December 27, 2018! How the world has changed since then!

Snow dyed cotton, perle cotton

I’ve recently been asked what I am going to do with all of these 5″ squares. Nothing! The purpose of creating these stitch meditations was the act itself. So for now I will continue towards the end, only 14 left!

Snow dyed cotton, silk and perle cotton

Stitch Resources

  • Article: Gharib, Malika. Feeling Artsy? Here’s How Making Art Helps Your Brain. National Public Radio. Jan. 20, 2021.

Creating for its own sake – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 83 and 84

Playing with fabrics. by either dyeing it, cutting it up or stitching it together, makes me so very happy. Immersing myself in the colours, patterns and textures lightens my mood. Even sorting, stacking and clean-up following the completion of a project can help elevate my mood. Sometimes this is even the beginning of another project when a long-forgotten piece of cloth is found hidden on the shelves.

Snow dyed cotton, shot cotton, hand dyed perle cotton
Snow dyed canvas, leather, hand dyed perle cotton

Stitch Resources

  • Article: Hobbies And Side Projects Can Transform Your Mindset. Huffington Post. Sept. 1, 2016.

Playing – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 81 and 82

A favorite and simple embroidery stitch. I think this may have been the first I learned to do when I was a child. I did a few cross stitch kits especially during summer vacations. It is so versatile – it can be scaled up or down, and the legs can be extended to make a wonky X!

Repurposed upholstery fabric square and cross stitches
Repurposed silk, perle cotton
Snow dyed cotton and perle cotton cross stitches
Snow dyed cotton, hand dyed perle cotton

Stitch Resources

  • Article: Verso, Jo. Threads of History. The Cross Stitch Guild.

Crossed stitches – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 79 and 80

I wonder what our ancestors would think of the term upcycling in relation to cloth? A quick search returned 7.27 million hits for upcycling fabric. Tutorials, videos, projects and so many more ideas are available! What we are now considering as popular, trendy, the right thing to do, socially conscious was once a necessity for most and still is for many.

5 in square of fabric scraps hand dyed and hand embroidered
Indigo dyed cotton, hand-dyed perle cotton
Indigo dyed cotton, repurposed corduroy, hand dyed perle cotton

Stitch Resources

  • Article: Farra, Emily. (2019, December 19). The Future of Fashion Is Circular: Why the 2020s Will Be About Making New Clothes Out of Old Ones.

Creating intentionally – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 77 and 78

Elegant simplicity! I love this but sometimes difficult to achieve. The temptation is to add more.

Repurposed linen, silk, leather and hand dyed perle cotton

Simplicity: easy to understand, natural, stripping back the extraneous to the basic form. Just enough left behind to give meanings or glimpses of what is there.

Indigo dyed canvas, hand dyed perle cotton

Stitch Resources

  • Article: How Simplicity Can Help Creativity, Briefly. Zen Habits Blog.

Simply creating – one stitch at a time!

Stitch Meditation – Day 75 and 76

Three-quarters of the stitch meditations are completed as I fulfill my desire to work through a 100 Day project. Much of 2020 was a period of little or no productivity in any creative pursuit, especially stitch meditations. This seems counterintuitive, as you would expect that if more of your world was in upheaval and uncertainty, picking up a needle and stitching for no reason but to focus on something else would be both necessary and helpful.

Indigo dyed wool, hand-dyed perle cotton

Thankfully by December, my creativity resurfaced. I am not certain if it was due to the increased sense of hope, a break from work, and the beginnings of the holiday season. But, I began creating and have not stopped!

Hand-dyed cotton, commercial fabric, hand-dyed perle cotton

I received my copy of Resilient Stitch and love that it is bound in the same suede-like cloth. The book is tactile and beautiful. I have quickly flipped through to look at the photos and will now slowly work my way through reading it.

Stitch Resources:

  • Book: Wellesley-Smith, Claire. Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art. London: Batsford, c2021.

Continuing to read, create and meditate – one stitch at a time!

Quilts and Health Webinar

Quilts and Health book by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Lug and Beth Donaldson with radiant light quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto quilter

Textile Talks is a weekly series of online webinars co-sponsored by:

  • International Quilt Museum
  • Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance
  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates
  • Surface Design Association

This week’s subject is the association between quilting and health. The authors of the book: Quilts and Health, Marsha MacDowell, Beth Donaldson, and Clare Luz will be presenting on Wednesday, May 11, 2021, from 2-3 ET. Registration is required but the talk is free. For those unable to make this in person, the Textile Talks are recorded and available on YouTube.

radiant light quilt on blank art card by doris lovadina-lee
Radiant Light blank note card

Radiant Light one of my chakra quilts is in the book along with many other beautiful and poignant quilts. Read more about the quilt and book in this post.

I hope you can join the webinar tomorrow for what I expect will be a very informative hour.

mug with a photo of a chakra quilt Radiant Light by Doris Lovadina-Lee
Radiant Light mug

Golden Light

The last month of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been a very creative period for me. I’ve continued to work on the House and Home series and have now created 5 pieces. They are in various stages of completion. This small finished piece called: Golden Light began with the offcuts of a larger piece that may be the beginning of a new series.

The palette selection began with an arashi shibori-dyed cotton. The stripes move from soft to medium blue and then onto turquoise. There are also bands of gold and yellow in this piece.

I continue to use small strip inserts that reveal bits of colour. Texture is added with rows of stitching in variegated thread.

Golden Light is the late afternoon sun bathing the sky just as the light begins to fade. Warm and relaxing.

Stitch Meditation – Day 73 and 74

Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art is the title of Claire Wellesley-Smith’s newest book. I am anxiously awaiting my copy to arrive. I loved her previous book on stitching: Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art.

Repurposed silk, hand-dyed cotton and commercial fabric, hand-dyed perle cotton

I read Wellesley-Smith’s book Slow Stitch near the beginning of my 100 day journey and have dipped into it many times since. Beautifully photographed with inspiration from other textile artists. One of the things that brings me joy is just touching this book – it is bound in a soft cloth. It is such a simple, elegant and perfect choice for a book about textiles, cloth and repurposing materials.

2 five inch squares stitched with repurposed and hand dyed fabrics.
Hand-dyed cotton and velvet, commercial cotton, hand-dyed perle cotton, rayon thread

While I wait for my copy of Resilient Stitch to arrive, I will pull Slow Stitch off the shelf in my studio and slowly savour the photographs and admire the work within.

Stitch Resources

  • Book: Wellesley-Smith, Claire. Resilient Stitch: Wellbeing and Connection in Textile Art. London: Batsford, c2021.

Reading and meditating– one stitch at a time!


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