Just to be here folks. To say a few things. Connect some dots. I am about to begin again. Here. Because it seems to be OK. That being said, I did run into some issues yesterday, but the help here is good and the problem was resolved. Since I started this as a supplement to Spirit Cloth, I have some cleaning up to do to make the Journal part work with categories etc. So I am doing that. Please note, since some folks were confused... this site is clothwhispering.com, in case you get mail from there, it's me.
I will be leaving the Spirit Cloth blog intact for now. So much to connect to over there, it will take time. I will make the navigation cleaner and simplify the design a bit in the next few days. To keep it useful. Your kind donations will allow me to maintain both places for now.
Soul-o and the woodpecker
Soul-o has a new friend. Some seeds from the feeder fall into the outside ledge of the window near the kitchen. This little downy woodpecker comes to the ledge each morning. Soul-o waits. They both seem very calm about it now. Watching each other. Some sort of remote friendship. The pic is very small because I took it from far away and had to crop it...
My Heart is a basket
I stitched this one while reconsidering heart. I have decided to put together a little documentary on my stitched symbols. And talk more about what I might call Compound Symbols. But for now, just to say I loved this one. It is personally satisfying as an image somehow. Close to my real heart. Someone asked me about how I feel about folks copying my symbols. Can I save that answer for another day?
In the same boat
I decided to make the quilting on this one look like waves. I don't want to talk too much about the techniques today. Because I would like my posts to more focused on one thing at a time. Just pictures today as we prepare for yet another winter storm. I read somewhere yesterday,..
We are not all in the same boat, but we are in the same storm. I don't know, it depends on your perspective. Anyway, hold on to each other. I will be back when I'm 70.
PS If I haven't answered your email, I'm working on it. Also excuse my typos. I am lousy at proofreading and worse at typing. And spelling. And all things English language.
Happy happy birthday! I have been thinking about personal symbols for quite awhile now – your documentary will be helpful and I am looking forward to it. Love the heart basket. Baskets can grow and grow just like hearts. ❤️
Yes, like tree rings.
Jeez. 70. we have known each other awhile …
Really. Holy crap!
Oh i am glad that i stopped by here today !!
Happy birthday Jude, happy, healthy future.
Happy birthday Jude, with my 70th in sight I´m following you as happy as ever. Thank you for all these years of inspiration and ideas to ponder. You are a searcher and explorer. Wish you all the best. Doris
years, it’s been years!
I began by loving your work and the thoughts that flow through it. And I have enjoyed all the comments from your followers. Then my admiration turned to your tenacity with the technical ups and downs of your blog.
My own experiences have reduced me to ……. (unspeakable!) Congratulations for hanging in there.
Happy birthday to you up there in the winter.
I turned 80 recently and that has been sobering. S
sober has taken on new meaning. A priority, clarity…aka blurrity!
Happy 70th dear Jude! Enjoy!
I invite you to step into another world,
An older and slower one,
Where what counts is precisely that…going slowly,
Calming down, leaving judgments behind,
And creating things in a day…for yourself.
I love this. thank you.
Happy, Happy Birthday! I spy “a blanket for a sail.” 🙂
that made a new image pop into my head, I am going to grab a pencil
I’ve been reading through & looking at your work for quite some time- drawn to this since. Thank you so much .
Belated Birthday wishes across the Atlantic *
Hey, thank you!
How did Soul-o get his? her? its? name? Love it!
He seemed so cold and all alone, originally I called him Solo, but then he had such spirit…
Reminds me of TS Eliots poem on the naming of cats–a common name, a fancy name, and a name that only the cat knows. I always wonder what a cat calls itself.
Before I saw that they were strays…I saw them as sails, and thought it was a pirate ship…ahoy 😊
That blue velvet…oh boy 💙
…and Soul-o and his friend 😍
Happy happy birthday dear Jude. Sending a huge birthday hug.
That velvet is mom’s wedding dress cloth in indigo!
was just listening to jordana munk martin and mia morikawa discuss the role of cloth as storyteller and kept thinking of you.
(“making a life/ melanie falick” on youtube) happy next decade of your life, much-loved jude!
I’ll have to listen…
Wonderful talk. I too loved cloth as story, tatters as history.
That what I love about cloth, its nature of wearing out but still holding.
Happy Birthday Jude!! I like that – I’ll be back when I’m 70! Taking the week “off” seems like a good thing. Same storm is true. Stay safe, friend.
it’s going to be a slow few days….
Sometimes making waves is the very best way to get somewhere. Been thinking a lot about personal language and practice, so am happy to have your documentary to look forward to. Hope it’s a very happy birthday for you, full of whatever you wish it to be, oxo.
I do believe we all have our own imaginary world. Even tho it seems real. So boing able to share it seems very important, Even if just to make that idea a reality.
Happy birthday Jude, may the new year be nice to you………….
I will let it by accepting it.
Glad to hear your transition over here coming along steadily, smooth and supported… means so much, doesn’t it? And come to think of it… wish that for you into 70’s too. Enjoy the transition dear Jude. Wishing you the best of Birthday blessings.
Supported helps, yes, there seems to be more of tgat here. We’ll see, right?
Feliz Cumpleanos soon to be 70 Jude….it is a good decade, (I’m 73), a time to rise when compelled but to do so with a deeper awareness, perhaps not so many expressions of fire in the belly but to accept that they are there when needed…
Isabel Allende said this about aging: “Society decides when we get old. But the Spirit never ages.” Never paid all that much attention to society but Spirit, well it wraps around even more these days, uplifts, comforts, decides how to take each day and when it is necessary, it rises to the occasion…so Rise up 70 sister, spread your arms wide, lift those legs in exuberant dance, twirl and sashay all over the place, because turning 70 is a most special occasion!
I’m ready to party!
Happy, happy entry into the world of the sevens…a lovely, still active time to truly decide just what truly matters to us. Love your slow move to the new platform, the wonderful photos and just feeling connected to you with each reading. Soul-o is a patient one, and what a lovely feathered friend he has who also seems to enjoy the just looking friendship.
Yes, a new type of considering…
I just went looking for a way to donate. The shops don’t appear to have that button anymore. If you’d prefer a check to paypal, please email me the address. Thanks.
There is a support feel free link at the top of the site.
May the bridge between your sixties and seventies be a gentle slope. I think you’ll like it over here. 😉
Happy birthday, Jude. Thanks for sharing your special language.
Might be the only way I know how to communicate 😁
Jude, is Soul-O’s full story recorded somewhere on the blog?
I’m compiling it, there is a soulo category on the old blog.
Thank you, I will look for it.
(((Jude))) happy imminent birthday wishes!
As grace would say, Eeeeee
Cold winter hands, warm stitched and patched spirited heart
Dear Jude, I’m just commenting as a test to see whether I am now part of this new site.
The heart and boat both speak to my spirit…went right into the core…soul medicine.
To rich markings for your turning of new year…thank you for your gifts…celebrating you, them.. gratefully.
Hey ho, onward we go…
Many happy returns of the day Jude. 🎂 love your blog 😻. Pam v.
I hope this blog grows into a new home…
English language aside, you are great at symbols. And definitions. And many things… The Time it takes, the time it takes to become 70! Congratulations and happy birthday!
You can’t be good at everything. I have my own language at least…
I love those waves a little choppy yet they seem to be ‘holding’ too. Sending wishes for a birthday that is just as you want it to be x
Waves have so many moods
Your blog has always been a welcome gift regardless of platform but this format feels especially companionable. Thank you for continuing to “keep going” despite challenges. Wishing the happiest of birthdays.
When my heart is in it it will work.
In the Same Boat — intricately magical, reminds me of a grown-up nursery rhyme. A wordless tune of the sea mixed with the hearts of the sailors.
That was a lovely grouping of words.
I love the heart. – Whenever you have the storm and cold at the East Coast – we get it later on – though much weaker in Europe.
Storms move through, I love their nature.
i just read a long piece about Chloe Zhao, creator and director of the movie Nomadland, in the same news feed
a woman wondering about her love of mismatched dishes…should she be ashamed?…..and then remnants of
the nights dreams. Now this post, which is directly talking to me about my ongoing questions to self about
cloth and blogging
am going to turn the flashlights off and sit in the dark. Think about the windowsill friends.
Love to you
Windowsill friends, feels like the title of a book somehow. Gosh I love that.
Me too Jude! Stay warm and well 💙 and the basket heart stitching is so special 💗
What a winter…
This one makes my heart sing Jude, but they all do, just different songs. Wishing you birthday blessings and may the sun shine on your face and the wind be at your back.
I like that clothmaking can be singing.