How a thought might take hold

A little cobblecloth to start.  I took time out yesterday, to take this one, above,  off the wall.  Because as I caught a glimpse of it, I caught  the opportunity to express a new aspect of Haven.  Inspired by the group here and some previous thought about how there is always something moving through place.  Making space for that makes it more.

Thought Catching.  Thinking is unavoidable.  But catching the thoughts is a habit.  At this point, I can't help myself.  I just do it, even in my sleep.
Thinking is who we are.  Thoughts caught are a way to share that.  To communicate.   Art is the attempt to communicate.  That is my simply take on it.
The attempt to communicate by giving external form to thought. So let's begin.

First, I want to say Thank You.  I can already see that doing this will help me.

Next. I want to say something about the words underlined in red dots.  You see them right?  They are part of my thought catching process here.  Because you see,   this place is that.  A Thought Catcher.  And this series, even more so.  I've only just begun really.  If you hover  with your mouse or click (depending on your device),  you should see  some information pop up  that is related to  a glossary entry  that I need for my book and also a tool for me to develop my  Spirit Cloth Language..   I am currently building that   by just going.  Eventually it might be quite grand.    It relates to my own considerings and symbols and redefinitions...   and grows out of my thought catching process. There is so much to gather.  And I think each day after  considering this and that I will add to these word references.  And so it will evolve.

I chose Patchwork as a theme for this series.  I want to catch some thoughts about that to begin... and I am interested in yours as well.  I will share some of my reconsidering tomorrow.  But for now,  I'm curious, so what if I throw this question out there?

When you hear the word patchwork, what do you think of first?   I think I thought of  quilt before any reconsidering.  Do you?  I mean with out any deep thought.  Patchwork. What does it bring to mind?


  1. Sharon Koch

    A children’s story, “The Patchwork Girl of Oz”, comes to mind. As a child, I slept in my grandma’s bed under a patchwork quilt. The tiny pieces of fabric with pictures of snowmen ‘n animals were like bedtime stories… fairytales… forming a magic carpet. Patchwork takes us somewhere else. It reminds me of an old, musty steamer trunk. A way back to a simpler time. When I hear the word, “patchWORK”, I think of the “stored (storied) energy” it contains.

  2. Deb V

    I think of quilt….specifically a crazy quilt my mother sewed by hand and I slept under until my family’s circumstances dramatically changed. I still have the quilt but have stored it away to protect it from more wear. But I’ve been thinking about it a lot of late and thinking of taking it back out and sleeping under it again on cool nights. Sadly, none of my siblings children ever had a chance to know my mom and haven’t ever expressed any interest in her, so I don’t know that I have anyone to hand it down to. So I have no reason not to enjoy it myself all these years later.

  3. Nicola

    I am late to this question. Maybe I am a product of my mum and dad’s wartime years, but patchwork makes me think of poverty. And a mum looking after you, trying her best. Sorry to be mundane but it’s the truth!

    • jude

      I love your answer. yes. it is about that. and it is so amazing how that has been overlooked. especially how trend has glorified it and distorted it real aspect of making do. but it is also linked to resourcefulness and getting through it. Trying her best. perfect.

  4. Pamela Körner

    Patchwork reminds me of healing the soul. Our lives also exist of bits and pieces, some holes in it, raw edges, a print here and there. The process of sewing them together reminds me of remembering, reconsidering, making a pattern and getting the picture of your own life. The nice thing is: this time you decide where to put everything, what to show and what to hide. The cloth grows, just like we.

  5. My first encounter with patchwork was at school. We had to make a lampshade using cardboard squares with fabric around it and sew them together. I must say I hated the whole proces, a feeling of being restricted, I think. The same thing as having to colour between line, I guess.
    When being a mom I started making quilts from old children clothes, as a memory, and I really loved the process of holding al these good memories in my hands. Then I found your blog and YES! That was the way I loved! Just using pieces of cloth and being free and the proces of just going. And now I think of freedom and feeling comfortable.

  6. Quilt. Patchworkquilt could be a single word. From quilt I think of my grandmother’s quilts, possibly because yesterday I took apart an old quilt I have that my grandmother made, probably in the 1920’s or 30’s. It was probably used until the 60’s or 70’s. I’ve had it for decades. One side is a cotton print, very thin and torn in places. The other side is all strips of rectangles of wool fabric. In very good shape. I’ve taken it apart as step 1 of re-using the wool fabric and hopefully some of the cotton and also the cotton batting. Dont know what I will make, but I’ve started.

  7. Judy

    Before I had time to think about it, the word patchwork evoked an image of patching/mending which when I was growing up had to be hidden. Then images of beautiful boro mending came into my mind.

  8. Jude you are a treasure.

    PATCHWORK: my life. holding together – strong in places, not so in others; random story pieces; colours shapes textures all different working together making whole making something beautiful and unique out of old things, broken things sad things beautiful things, things you don’t know what to do with. I’m not talking neat and measured patchwork, too premeditated.. I’m talking about the instinctive flow of this here, and that there and how beautiful these two things have become together, and made something new and full of spirit, life and a new way to see an old story. patchwork like this has soul and conveys something much deeper, connects with some. thing. inside. actually a visual language – with a different story for everyone. and each-stitch-holding-a-thought (or not)! a kind of mind map.

  9. Laura R

    I don’t think I ever considered patchwork, the word, until you described stitching inch square, finger-pressed cotton pieces while commuting on the train. ‘Hand-stitching’ is so broad an idea, but it’s what comes to mind.

  10. Raheli

    Patchwork is a meeting of different pieces meeting in lines and filling in all the space. Patchwork landscape leaps to my mind even before patchwork quilts…

  11. JayJay

    Patchwork is a form of patterning – not necessarily geometric. It can be the building of pattern from smaller elements, but also perceiving how a pattern can be distilled from a larger wholeness.

  12. Patchwork for me: endless possibilities. Pieces become something completely new when the are connected . Colors start to shine in good company. Patchwork has so many moments to marvel.

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