I'd like to introduce Linda McNutt ....creator of small, inspiring works of art made from bits of cloth and hours of hand stitching.
|The beginnings...Linda's first healing cloth in process.|
I first met Linda when she journeyed to Virginia (with her friend Ruth T.) from New York to take my
Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth workshop in March 2015. Above is the first "healing cloth" (in process) that Linda started in the workshop.
Linda and Ruth recently returned to Virginia for my Jumpstart in Hand Stitching workshop. At the end of the first day, Linda pulled out a selection of healing cloths. Seems that she caught the "stitching bug"! The entire class was astounded by these amazing jewels!
|I was fortunate to be able to purchase this particular piece from Linda. It really spoke to me.|
This final piece has a beautiful story. We didn't actually get to see it in person, but Linda told us about it and later sent me this photo with the story behind it.
The antique quilt centerpiece has a very special story. The original quilt was given to Linda by a mutual friend of both hers and Julie's. This friend was also a therapist and Buddhist teacher and unfortunately lost her life to cancer. She was Julie's best friend and even though Julie didn't request it, Linda felt it seemed right to include something that evoked the love and energy of their friend from a quilt that lay at the end of her bed.
In Linda's words:
Parts of the quilt block that were frayed and torn were mended or embroidered over to make them whole. I found this a very powerful part of the Meditation and Healing Cloth (Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth) workshop, by the way: the idea of mending, binding, patching, reweaving, with stitch and color. Perhaps not always able to keep the old, but transforming into something new.
The circle is a symbol of unity and oneness, the wheel a reference to the wheel of life. As a "coincidence", the back of the stitching looks like an astrological chart.
The leaves are about new growth, new flowering, spirals of energy radiate from the center. Other symbols came from an intuitive flow through meditation, and I tried to intentionally leave openings and opportunities for the healer and the individual to find their own meanings and purposes.
...I must say this stitching process is as much a healing for me...
Thank you Linda for sharing your beautiful, rich work with us!
I will be teaching the next Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth workshop on June 17 and 18. Click on the highlighted words for more information.