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Monday, February 6, 2012

"Balancing Act"


A balancing act -- creating three different design patterns -- attaching them together using my own cording -- hanging bunches of thread from the bottom.


I had no preconceived notion as I began this project.  I only thought of the design using the three (which were actually four when I first began) panels one beneath the other. My thoughts were more on process than anything else.


But as the days went by and I worked slowly (sometimes too slowly to suit myself) I found that this piece was becoming a reflection of this month in my life.  I seemed to spend the whole month of January balancing my stitching with the rest of my life.  Each day seemed to speed by and I would look back wondering what I had accomplished.  Guilt would creep in, almost like the cold from outside the door -- why wasn't I working faster?  Then I would give myself a stern talk - "why are you in such a hurry?"


And so I balanced, sometimes precariously, other times easily and I continued to work each piece.  Pulling it all together at the end was the very most satisfying thing I've done in months.  Perhaps giving more time to a piece lends it a weight that it might not otherwise have.  These are things I'll ponder as I begin my next design.

Note:  This is the largest punchneedle piece I have ever done.  The three sections are 12" long -- add the loops and fringe the total is 24" long.

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." - Thomas Merton

7 comments:

  1. Holy Cow! This piece is just absolutely gorgeous. I just can't tell you how much I love it. Very unique and very earthy.

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  2. This is beautiful pennyxx sorry yoiu had no snow...l would have loved to go and sledge but Tony's heart is playing up again. So l feel it is unfair to go when he can't!!!xx

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  3. Beautiful - reminds me of a person with aura of head, hands folded, body. Great colors.

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  4. Wow Penny...It's gorgeous ad so big!

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  5. All your balancing paid off---this is such an interesting wall hanging! I love your work!

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  6. I love this piece; particularly, I love the organic flow of the shapes and colours - individually, the sections hold their own as beautiful art, but together, it is a masterpiece - well done, Penny!!

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  7. Oh my, Penny! I'm finally catching up here, and this is breathtaking! I know how you agonized going through the process of creating this multi-component piece, but you made good sense of it all. It's beautiful! I don't know if you intended any kind of theme other than balance, but it reminds me of Native American art. Simple, pure, and entirely lovely.
    It imparts a peaceful feeling.

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