One of the pictures above is a grid of bottlecaps wired together.
Now, the most fascinating for me was the chapter on darning. Yes, DARNING. That's what our grandmothers did with socks, right? Well, surprise, surprise, darning is actually a very ancient technique. It's a way to mimic the warp and weft material of a garment, in some cases to be mended. Take a look at the picture of the figures. Here darning was used to actually "paint" or create the clothing of the figures. How cool is that?
While you are at your craft or sewing store, wander up and down the isles looking for things that could be considered a "net" or mesh or plastic mesh. Anything that has a grid can be used to create a darning effect. And it sure will make a great spine for a book or decorative element in your artwork. Heck even glue it down and paint over it for texture.
A while back I did some 12 x 12 pieces of woven yarns, beading strips, tinsel, etc. the picture is at the top of the page. At the time my mind set was that this was a weaving piece but now I see that changing the size of the dimensions it can be a darned piece for a spine and a darn good one. lol
sigh, ok it was a LITTLE joke. A darn good one. Sorry, I just can't help myself sometimes.
I think if I did the pin weaving again and used it for a spine I would use the Aquabond technique.
I was staring at that one picture of the figures with the darned clothes and thinking wouldn't that be a neat story quilt? And, along the lines of a story......... all of us have our little "dramas" in our life. Human beings can react so strangely to other human beings, especially our immediate family. I haven't created my Medicine Cards yet so I just opened the Sacred Path book to a page, after my meditation time. I got the Great Smoking Mirror card. Interesting card. It covers a lot of things but one of the issues is to see if you can stand in the other person's moccasins for a moment. Then look back at yourself and see just exactly what you have been making that person feel through your actions. The end result is to remember COMPASSION for others, without destroying the Sacred Space of the Self.
You can look at people with compassion without draining your own energy or resources. It's all that worrying, anger and frustration that we have towards them that expends our energy and it doesn't help that person at all.
So like the grid, we are all interconnected. Let's try to remember to be more compassionate and then BE MORE COMPASSIONATE. The ideas of blame, shame and regret have no place in the present moment.
Create in JOY, today!