Catching Thoughts by Just Going

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the "Thing"

(above) The Snail was my first travelling companion, shown here between the lion and the elephant.  Following the patchwork path. One patch at a time.

There is a lot more to say about Thought Catching that might be part of Just Going. Sometimes a thought is just the first step that might not be noticed.  Taken not because of agenda or expectation, but only because  there is a place we might go.  Not because we have to go. Because we need to go.   I'm not sure why, specifically, you are all here.  I know some of you but not all of you.  You all probably know me a little bit at least.  The question is where do we/you need to go?  I've been moving  in a certain direction for a while now but  I think I've begun to  change direction,  circling  back ,  so my tracks might  mark the rim of  a  big basket,  which might hold all of my  comings and goings.  Like loose patches waiting to be rescued... recycled.

A full circle.  I sense this is just the natural order of things.

Story has just been added to my glossary.  I have so many thoughts about story that I would like to put here. Explain. Connect.

Story might be a journey imagined. A daydream, an aspiration.Or story might be a journey revisited. A memory, a regret.

But story is really always unfolding  in the moment. And we might just realize where we are in it.   Just Going, being present and sharing,  that's what carried me into what I call Spirit Cloth style. The Spirit of Going. That and the connection with others.  The form that emerged seemed uniquely mine not because of any particular technique but because it  was the process and not the thing that moved me.  The form emerged without agenda through the problem solving process. Openly.  Technique simple became.  So my work IS the journey, the story of the making, not the static thing itself. And sharing has become the story.  An example of how it might go.

In the end I fee that has true value for others. It's food for thought.


I cannot record right now, although I have so much to say... I think I will wait until later and add  some voice to this post.  Just stop in, it'll be there...Some BIG construction going on next door.  Instead I stitched this.   I call it a pairing.  Two scraps connected.  Just that.  Sometimes I do this with small pieces, just to make a bigger piece to work with, and throw it back in the basket...often pairing scraps of close colors so it's like one scrap of blue-ish. You'd be surprised how handy these rescued bits are.  Connections make things useful.

I left some space for talking here. And I also placed a menu of April's posts in the sidebar here as a test . Still patching this thing together, trying to see what might work and wear well as we get rolling.


Much Later... Early morning, early morning rain,  a bit of whispering, I am sorry if the sound is a bit muffled or low.  A man was sleeping and  it was before coffee.

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  1. Karen

    I wanted to add that I really appreciate the quality of the photos of your handwork. On my lap top I am able to zoom very close to see your stitches so clearly. Very beautiful! Thank you.

  2. stichr

    Thought. I asked my husband once, what are you thinking about? [he had been quiet for a while] “Nothing” he said. “nothing, as in nothing specific, just letting your mind wander?” I asked. “Nope, nothing. Nothing at all” I was astonished, to say the least. How could that be? I have things going in my mind all the time! Even if I am being quiet, I am thinking of the birds singing, or what color thread I want to use on something…etc. etc. My mind is not ever not thinking about something.

    • Nicola

      Mine says exactly the same! It’s amazing isn’t it? How can there be no noise in the head? All the same, sometimes I am envious of that. True mindfulness maybe. A sense of being present. Which, if it were me, I would instantly start thinking about and analyse….

  3. Carol

    I’ve been thinking about why I signed up. Two reasons. One, I want to support your work and sharing. Thank you! Two, I suffer from “squirrel” syndrome. Like a dog I get distracted easily, hence I rarely go deep into any one idea. For me stitiching requires just enough thought that it filters out all the “noise” around me. Allows me to keep working on a string of thought or idea. I’m looking forward to moving forward in a more linear fashion.

  4. Alison

    Spent yesterday afternoon in Liverpool at the Walker Art Galley seeing two exhibitions . The first, was Leonardo Da Vinci drawings from his sketchbooks, a free exhibition from the Royal Collection. I have to catch myself here but well, words cannot express. It was to mark the 500th anniversary of his death and covered his working practices and creative process. Plus I could take photographs. Wow just Wow. I was most interested in his depictions of the flow of water and it lit something up in my brain. I think the ebb and flow of water might become a theme for me.
    The other exhibition was three rooms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and friends making the Glasgow style. Or Chas R as he signed himself No photos here just amazing design but now, thanks to you, I not only appreciated the design but was tentatively starting to break things down into smaller components and analyse it .
    Just sharing really, and feeling inspired creatively by this whole process .
    I’m not usually this chatty

  5. Pamela Körner

    I just got access yesterday. A lot of reading and thinking to do today. To catch up. Piecing the mental patchwork was quickly done. Thanks to the clear words written and spoken by Jude. So happy to be part of this community!

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