It’s all in the stitches

This beautiful piece brought me peace and tears this morning. I had to share.

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

White horse and Russian woman rider "She put her good steed to the walls and leapt lightly over them" Russian Story Book/Wilson, ill. Pape, 1916 (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org) “She put her good steed to the walls and leapt lightly over them” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

There’s a tale – in myths or legends –

Of women gathering before the departure of a traveler and together stitching a garment, or a saddle blanket, or banner

Over each neat, hand-sewn stitch, a plea, a prayer, a fervent wish for safe passage was whispered.

I am making shelter dog beds. By hand. Stitch by stitch.

It’s something I do before hurricane season – late August through September is when we watch

Also some the week after Christmas as the bitter, wet cold, if it comes, arrives in January.

Nothing fancy, just patched together scraps of old, but sturdy, thick towels, durable bedspreads that were deemed last year’s style, and what remnants I collect during the year.

There’s always a few far too delicate for much use – luxuriously soft, plush ones that the city…

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About Manywoman

I am an eclectic artist and writer, retired from a 35-year career as a PhD sex therapist and counselor at the University of MN Medical School, Program in Human Sexuality. Since retiring in 2005, I have devoted myself to hobbies and pursuits in various art forms and in writing. My art and writing both tend to focus on subjects of women's spirituality and occult mysteries, I read voraciously in most genres, but mainly Occult and urban fantasy, historical fiction, and non-fiction alternative history and religions from female perspective. In addition I am a lover of cats, with five at home with me; an avid collector of fashion dolls; a sewer and creator of art quilts and other fiber arts; a hap-hazard flower gardener; and a retired professional astrologer.
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