Friday, November 10, 2006

Stitch, Stitches, Stitching


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"In embroidery and sewing: a method of securing thread into textiles. There are many types of stitches, including:Chain stitch, Cross-stitch, Embroidery stitch,and Lock stitch."

As I sew, whether it is with nice straight stitches, or irregular, crooked ones, I think of the proverb "A stitch in time saves nine." This suggests that it is better to spend a little time, right now, to deal with problems, than it is to wait to deal with them later and end up spending even more time correcting them. It is often shortened to "A stitch in time."

Based on the initial discoveries of Albert Einsten and further postulated upon by other quantum physicists,it has been proposed that there is no 'real' time. That time and space are interconnected and multi-dimensional, one overlapping the other and cycling back again. There is in fact, the possibility of a multi-layered universe, one universe upon another universe with as many as 12 parallel universes of potential 'realities' for every action and reaction.

I would therefore propose that no stitches in no time every prevent what is meant to be, from happening. Since all things are interconnected and happening at once, anyway! Therefore, I postulate, my preference for sewing nine stitches to one, or perhaps nine times instead of one is simply pre-ordination...fate, karma, what have you or again, one choice amongst 11 others for the same action and/or my reaction to it! It never truly seems like the first set work out just right! I am not embarrassed to admit that I spend an inordinate amount of time getting to know my seam ripper.

Whether I am sewing with our wonderful little group of Community Quilter's on a charity quilt (which will be sent to Hurricane Katrina survivers in Louisiana or Mississippi) or one of my Habitat for Humanity or Quilt of Valor type of patriotic quilts, I inevitably have to redo or undo...something! I am always grateful if I do not catch entire corners underneath my meandering and that includes both my mental as well as physical! Invariably I spend more time 'unstitching' than actually stitching. I have heard that the unofficial term for that is 'frog quilting.' Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiippppppppppp it!

2 comments:

  1. So true. But then you have the choice to either leave it (if it's not too big of a mistake) or unstitch. I could spend all my time unstitching, restitching, unstitching.... you get the picture. The perfectionist in me has to get shoved aside sometimes just to enable something to get finished LOL!

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  2. You are sooo right! I would bet that you are a much better quilter to begin with than I am....when I do my 'frog quilting', it is of absolute necessity. Forget star points and seams lining up...I'm talking sewing backs to fronts before their time, or my shirt to the quilt! I jump every time someone walks up behind me...I shudder to think what they might be witness to my doing..or undoing! I love how quilting undoes the perfectionist in all of us...thanks for commenting, you've given me an idea for a future post :)

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.