“There are many worthy causes and many ways to find meaning in life. Eventually each of us must come to recognize those causes that are closest to our own hearts and those issues that arouse our strongest passions. These may change many times over the course of a lifetime. Some people find meaning in raising a family, others in pursuing a career, and still others in charity work, volunteering, creating art, crafting, public service, and many other spheres. Every day we must search our hearts to find out what it is that gives us meaning and to find a way to fulfill our purpose.”
Go Inside Stories In Stitches 4: Knitting and Spirit
Our Creative Team
« DESTINATION: Personal Growth »
Knitting the Spirit
My Jungian Mandala
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Through the Exhibit Glass Darkly
Pueblo Kachinas and Impersonators
Praying with Our Hands
A Few Words….
My Jungian Mandala Blanket
Knitting in American History
Knitting has a rich and deep meaning that goes well beyond the mere act of making something pretty. For many of us, knitting is spiritual.
Whether it’s the act of making stitch after stitch that serves as a form of meditation, the love and caring that we put into each piece we make for a gift or to give to charity, or simply the fact that we are making an object from scratch, there’s something undeniably compelling about knitting. In this volume of Stories In Stitches, we explore the spiritual practice of knitting in many different flavors.
Ava uses texture patterns as a meditation on Bible verses in Spiritual Stitches, and provides motifs and general instructions for knitting your own Prayer Pillow.
Susan Santos explores the secrets of the mandala in My Jungian Mandala, and accompanies her essay with a beautiful blanket that you can make as is or adapt to your own mandala meditation with motifs from your favorite stitch library.
I share some thoughts about my own spiritual journey in Knitting the Spirit, and in a fairy tale called Knitting the World Together, I explore how making things by hand might be the glue that keeps soci- ety from falling apart. My projects include repetitive, meditative colorwork stitches adapted from Islamic mosaic patterns.
That’s just part of what’s in Stories In Stitches 4. The words, projects, and images are all meant to inspire you to make your own journey of spirt through your knitting. We hope you enjoy our thoughts and ideas.
Yours in words and stitches,