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


  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.

  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

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

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

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

  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!!

  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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