The first of my Marigold devotions is a stitchery project.
On a piece of hardy yet soft oatmeal-colored linen, I’m stitching a multicolored Marigold. I selected the Merry Gold pattern by Cozyblue Handmade. I printed the pattern onto a sheet of Transfer-Eze and placed it directly on the linen. This was my first experience with Transfer-Eze, and I found it very easy to work with. While, over time, the stabilizer became a little bit wrinkly while working on my stitching, it never lifted away from the fabric. Usually I use a water soluble pen to trace or draw my patterns, and I found it easier to follow this pattern with precision with the printed outlines on the Transfer-Eze.
The pattern is easy to follow, mostly using the backstitch for the outlines and inner lines of the flower petals and colonial knots in the center. So far, I’m quite happy with the result. I would really like to look for some vintage images or art deco-style Marigolds for next projects, but for the first project, this was a great choice. I’ve yet to decide what exactly I’m going to do with this piece once it’s finished. I could trim it and leave it in the embroidery hoop, or maybe have it framed, or maybe I’ll make this the center block of a small quilt. I’ll post an update once I’ve got it sorted.
My mom has a very good friend, who I’ll call K, who over the last few years has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past few months, K’s condition has rapidly worsened, and as a result, she has lacked the skill and will to do any kind of sewing or stitching. K and my mom have been loyal friends for decades, and she’s always been very kind and caring toward me. She and my mom have spent many, many hours sewing together over the years. Just recently, my mom was given much of K’s collection of embroidery threads, and these are the threads I used for this project.
I hesitate to bring up “mindfulness” as the term lately seems overused, but the very definition of mindfulness, according to the Cambridge dictionary:
// the practice of being aware of your body, mind and feelings
in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm //
This is exactly what I have been doing while working on my stitchery. I had a lot of pretty heavy thoughts going through my mind, and these thoughts are now stitched in with the threads of each petal. It feels like a really healthy release, and a safe place to hold those very private thoughts. Once I got it going, I found it pleasing and handy to be able to pick up this project and go straight to work, without any prep work or setup apart from threading my needle. I picked it up when I needed it and set it down when I didn’t. Working on this project allowed me to feel a sense of purpose while pondering and processing what I needed to. Sometimes I listened to music, sometimes I listened to someone talking. Mostly I was quiet. I felt simultaneously reverent and productive, which was just what I needed.
This is the first of my Marigold devotions.