Sunday, December 12, 2010

holiday cloth 2010 ...myth

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"this holiday season can bring the best out in us.
let's accept that." jude hill

and this is some, the ones that were oriented
to image. thank you to All of you who encouraged ~
Penny: a roadside altar in Central America
Linda and Marti: forest landscape
nance: a temple of Christmas
Debi: a hidden tree
Suzanna: another plane altogether
Gracie: a tent, a little dot of light and human intensity
nance: the collective consciousness
Elizabeth: the southern summer night sky
Peggy/Woman with Wings: moon, reflected in water
susan: a tree, a house, home
sandra: the sun below
Penny: capturing the moon, rooted in the moon
marti: tassels, guardians of light
jude: a sun keeper
Debi: protecting/nurturing sun?/moon?
Twhich: snake, lizard, Ouroboros
and then new friend Emmy who is investigating symbology
on her blog

and my Dear Helen wondered: so, which IS IT!

and i loved all these thoughts.
i ask myself Helen's question. (don't stop, helen)...
as i stitch, i tell self different that
the Sun goes to a secret place, a different level of
being during this time
or Sun is absorbed into the earth, into roots, and is
or Sun, in infinite wisdom withholds, allowing rest
or or or
but what it mostly is for me, is lack of light. and
each year, i endure this, watching the days until that
One Moment when balance is tipped in its extreme and
there is more dark than light. one day/night and then
we begin again, moving toward Light.
but what is best about the making of this cloth is
that it caused in me a realization that i can make
that that is in some way i don't fully comprehend as
yet, what this cloth making is for me. and if i
go deeply into it, i will find things i'd never
so...enough for now.


Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

Oh Grace... What a beautiful post. Your winter myth is beautiful and your thoughts are deep and provoking. AND, best of all, you honor all of us with your comments. A lovely season... a deep and mysterious cloth!

;~) Debi

jude said...

exactly, a composition. calming oneself and merging parts.

helen said...

Grace, nice story. Plus Marti saying "it's all illumination" was a great post.

twhIch aye said...

lovely. i have to let your words sink in.

'the Sun goes to a secret place, a different level of
being during this time'

(btw grace, i know it's been a loooong time, but i finally found a fix for me commenting in the embedded forms, so if you wish to change your commenting back, it works for me now... i really appreciate your changing it for me in the first place... much love!)

Suzanna said...

Being one's own myth! That is going to take some pondering...I like it...

Deb G said...

What a beautiful direction. The process of becoming...

Linda said...

I agree it is about the light. Since I live in the northwest, I get little sun. This time of year I am screaming for it. The cloth is wonderful and your thoughts of creating it spur me on to go deeper. Have a good solstice and I will think of you.

Manya Maratou said...

"as I stitch I tell self different stories"
as I do, I am telling the story of doing
it could be, yes?
I saw a mandala
now more so

woman with wings said...

. . .finding things you'd never dreamed . . .-- oh, my. I love that. I am so glad to have found you and the rest of the cloth community. Such an amazing and inspiring nation of women. Thank you.

Today is St. Lucia's Day -- the returning of the light, rising of the moon, both.

Gilli said...

Perfect for Solstice. Hope your holiday is peace-full and lovely.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

debi...thank you. and may the
season be all you would wish it
to be...xo

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

jude~composition. i am a slow
learner about a lot of things.
thank you for your patience and
support.... ( know you aren't
"there"...up plugging the hole
in your roof...but anyway)

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Helen...yes...marti is a word
wizard and it's true. all
illumination. yes.
and keep the questions coming.
they're a good thing.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

twhich~i don't even remember what
the other way was like? you
have progressed and i have just
drifted...hmmmmm. was it better?
unless i could answer each comment
right under it like jude does,
"reply to", then i don't think it
would be an improvement, whatever
it was.
xoxoxox to you

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Suzanna..well, i think it's more
finding/imagining a Myth that i
would "fit" thinking
and will go along with the
thinking as it comes...
it's just that thing about how
it seems humanity is evolving....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Deb G...well...a myth has
as a significant component...?

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Linda~yes. when i left Michigan i
went to Oregon friend
since teen years was there...
so beautiful, but i

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Manya...yes, it IS a mandala
stories..oh, stories....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Peggy WwW~it really IS an amazing
and so wonderful group of women
that involve themselves with Jude.
are you going to be able to do the
Boro class? or Whispering?...i
would look forward to working
with you in fast
forwards the level of connectedness.
but am really glad you have found
your way here...good company for
the journey....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

gilli...yes and much gentle
peace to you and those you hold
dear. it's been quite a year
for us.

nandas said...

this is quite a way to start off your 65th year! creating your own myth through little stitches on beautiful cloth with a community of like minded women.
love to you... on wings of light

Mo'a said...

This is wonderful and heartfelt in all it's parts.

twhIch aye said...

no i'd check every so often to see if blogger had gotten around to fixing it. but another blogger discovered it and posted it in the help forum as a temporary fix. it's the type of comment form that's directly in the page... like on cristina or suzanna's blog. no you can't reply directly under so... i wish they would get around to making that for blogger, if they are even thinking of it.

i don't know about progressed miss grace... i like the sound of drifted... with the wind.
much love!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Mo'a ~ it's a good feeling to me
to remember your giraffe mama and
her baby son that you began in
Jude's Beast class...and be able
to go back to look again at her
look of concentrated concern.
Julian, the little boy in this
family, for some reason, loves
giraffes. he is one. this is
his first christmas and am feeling
(in my last minute way) like i
need to make a hand puppet for
him and for his mom/dad. glad and Thank You

joe said...

ooooh! a wondrous cloth filled with myth and mystery....a joyous magical carpet ready to whisk us away on new adventures under the starry night time skies! i can hardly wait to see where it takes us!!