This isn't stitching related, but sewing related. I feel like sharing it here because my sewing hobby grew very naturally from starting stitching, thanks to being inspired by the projects here at Avlea. (I was finishing a pillow by hand and thought, "What if I had and learned to use a sewing machine...?") The weather has gotten chilly here in New Mexico, so I've started a new sewing project -- making an open jacket/cardigan. It is going to be made of heavyweight hot pink linen and the seams will be bound inside with bias tape. I've never used bias tape before, so this is the new thing I'm learning about with this project.
This week has been stressful, for reasons I won't go into. Just know that this morning I was feeling very frazzled and out of sorts. I decided to treat myself today by letting myself just work on my new sewing project. And then I decided to try my hand at making my own bias tape. And that's what I did. For around 5 hours, I cut strips of fabric at a 45 degree angle from a length of quilting cotton. At the end of that time, I had the pile of cloth strips that you see in the photo. I'm laughing at myself, because this seems like such a funny way to spend 5 hours of my day. But I'm also feeling relaxed and mellowed out in a way I recognize from stitching. Cutting fabric for bias tape is meditative, much like stitching a repeating pattern. I think stitching helped me to learn what that meditative state feels like, and so it is becoming easier to find other meditative practices. Today, that was cutting fabric up into little strips.