Saturday, 20 October 2012

looking at life's tapestry from the knotty side

[another lighthearted blog post]
flowers one of my favourites

I used to do a lot of cross stitch in my 40's before having to wear glasses.  And found it a very relaxing exercise, keeping the mind sharp while also creating items that gave me pleasure.  I started off small then tried harder projects as I got more confident and experienced.  And ending up doing gifts for friends and other folk.  (see photos of work I still have)

country cottages another favourite
One of the challenges for me was trying to make the wrong side of the cross stitch or tapestry look tidy and as much like the right side as possible.  I'd seen other tapestries where the wrong side, that isn't usually seen, had knots and looked uneven.  So I was careful to weave in the ends of threads to stitches already made.  But no matter how I tried the wrong side looked nothing like the right side.

a selection of cross stitch 
And I think that life can be like this, a tapestry where things are often viewed from the wrong side.  The knots and threads worked in.  A pattern that doesn't make sense most of the time.  And, despite the best of efforts, still looks like it's full of knots and joined-up threads. 

But very occasionally in life's rich tapestry I catch a glimpse of the right side, like the patterns of my cross stitch creations, and it all makes sense.  The colours look good, the threads are continuous and the overall picture has been worth the effort.

"My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the ever changing view
A wondrous woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold"


Carole King, Tapestry single & album 1971


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