the latest addition to my white cloth...
a heart-shaped pocket
inspiration came quickly, what i was already working on was set aside
i'd been meaning to add a pocket to this cloth for some time now
but wanted it to be special, to have meaning
and as i had lately been adding hearts to it in applique, a heart shaped pocket came to mind
i drew a heart on light-weight muslin with a wash-out pen
and started adding scraps of fabric with pretty edgings
bits of lace, small fragments, leftover from larger sections
adding another layer of interest with embroidery details
french knots, lazy daisy and cross stitches
basted, layered, stitched and turned, a scrap of lace closing the scar on the inside
appropriate don't you think?
all hearts have scars on the inside
i was going to take a picture, but then i decided not to... i think not everything has to be shared to be understood...
placed on a section of my cloth i haven't really been all that happy with up until now, stitched into place with buttonhole stitch and french knots, both within and along the edge
buttonhole edging along the top as well, to add sturdiness and to carry the stitch along
as i stitched i thought of what karen says a pocket added to her work signifies,
and what mine would mean to me
i kept thinking it was a pocketful of dreams
for a moment i wished i had embroidered some of those dreams on the lining fabric
and then i thought it was better that i hadn't
some achieved, others let go of
the dreams i hold on to now are not the same dreams i dreamed 30 or 40 years ago
nor are they likely to be the dreams i will hold dear 20 years from now
i'll stitch my dreams of today on little scraps of linen
and when my cloth is complete i'll tuck them in here
and as this is going to be a christmas quilt, i am thinking of beginning a new tradition with it, as i bring it forth each year
to look at the dreams of the past and reflect on their relevance for the year to come
to acknowledge them, and let them go if need be, and to embrace new ones, stitching new linen slips to add....
after all, if you don't have a dream, how can you make a dream come true?