Focused Gathering

Catching thoughts with Focus

Catching Loose thoughts

So a video. ( link to YouTube version here)  Probably I can say that I could spend a lot of my time doing this, handling scrap.  I kind of just got lost in it here, so much so that  the video is not a good video,  focus is not good,  but hey, that's  what happens when your focus is somewhere else.  It's also maybe a little too long, although I might have gone on for what might seem like forever.  I did not do what I usually do, that is, focus on the video and  presort  to make the presentation shorter.   Maybe, usually, I would show fabrics I had  been more sure would work.  But this is really more like the first step.  And the truth is,  a lot of video needs to be remade and that takes so much time  but worse, even, is that re-doing and editing just takes the realness out of the moment.  Polishes it and gives the impression that everything always just works out perfectly.  NOT.  Maybe, I was thinking, maybe I put a lot of time into making it seem like that, without realizing.

Anyway, I pulled a few more and  ended up with a tangle of greenish-ness.  More of a Loose Palette.  A sense of green.   Maybe some seem green just because I was using green as a mind filter.  If I did it again, it might not be the same. choices.

a bit blurry but my thoughts were somewhere else

Color  can sometimes just be the embodiment of Mood.

AUDIO- Sort by color

Catching thoughts by looking

They look different like this, don't they?  And I just take a bit of time for gazing these days, in between gone and going...  Just Being is so related to Just Looking.  I'm loving this part more and more. Having no agenda.

AUDIO-No Agenda

catching Thoughts by remembering

So a story has begun.  It begins, or has begun,  in May, which rhymes with Stray, in a tangle of green, while competing with leaf  blowers.  And it just so happens that  while thinking of a tangle of green,  I remembered this.   Which takes me back to the original  beast in my work.  The lion.  I used  actual words on  this  one.  Which did not start  with green but ended up with green.  And it was July.    " I went out  to  the  garden  and  became  tangled  up  in  green."

AUDIO- Old Story



  1. JennAnn

    I love the video of you “searching for green” and talking to us and yourself. As I run my hands through my own basket of fabric, I’m untangling pieces of cloth and thoughts as well. A Bob Dylan song has been running through my head…”we always did feel the same…we just saw it from a different point of view”…so I’m searching for blues not greens.

  2. I loved the video, not too long at all. I love how every piece is remembered with a story and how you know every kind of fabric. When you mentioned that one was flannel, I was amazed because you couldn’t tell that on the video, on the screen. xo

  3. Melanie

    Hi Jude and rag-mates, please could I ask about hand sewing needles, I’ve been testing some of my fabrics, with thread, but find the needle too short, but it is classed as a fine hand sewing one. Any advice greatly received xx Thank you.

    • jude

      I use embroidery needles. They have longer eyes. Purchase a pack of assorted sizes. And try to find one that works for you. Depending on what kind of cloth you use, what thickness thread you want to work with, what kind of stitch you take, and how many layers there are…. you might change the needle to suit your needs. It’s good to listen to your needs and have some choices.

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