I don’t know what made me do it, but I pushed the speed button on my sewing machine from two to three, the highest speed, and started to sew.
I was stitching down the edge of the hankie I had cut in four pieces to use in a streaming pillow for Susan. It was a trade, 150 vintage hankies that belonged to her mother for a pillow. She asked if I could use a hankie or two in the pillow somehow. I struggled with the idea for a while then came to the conclusion that the hankie had to be a simple one for me to work it into a streaming piece. Susan’s mother had so many unique and interesting hankies, but they were such strong statements on their own, there was no room for anything else. So I cut one of the white hankies with an intricate design on it and put a piece of turquoise fabric under it so the design would show up even more and stitched each piece to a corner of the pillow.
And, like I said, for some reason, I decided to stitch them down on high speed. Never having done it before, you’d think I would have experimented first, but I wasn’t even really thinking about it enough to make that kind of decision. I just did it. And I found, with the machine on high speed, I had less control. The machine was stitching faster than I could think. Those loopy squiggles, had a life of their own. It was out of control and freeing and I loved it!
The next one I did (on the bottom left, the first one on the bottom right) I tried to make little boxes with straight lines. I loved the way they looked, all uneven as if they were in motion. The thing is, it both did and didn’t look like something I would usually do. My work is more careful, this was more expressive.
I didn’t have the guts to try drawing the representational images on high speed,(I will practice that) but did stitch the sun and water and parts of the tree (and all the design elements) on high speed. And it was liberating, even exciting. I feel like I found another new way to draw on my machine.
I’ll finish the pillow on Monday. Susan has three donkeys and chickens and the word in the pillow came to me during meditation this morning.