Writing Embroidery: Skeins of Thought
Writing is an effort of untangling the skeins of thought.
Rather than rolling them up in a ball, all neat and tidy, the writer finds plain cloth to embroider them. With each strand of thought stitching through the other the writer makes a new design.
My sister and I embroidered in the back seat of the 1955 blue and white Chevy on our family vacations.
We wore skirts over our shorts when we stepped out to tour factories and museums, but stuffed the skirts and sat in the back seat embroidering in our shorts and camp shirts once the door was closed.
Mother organized our embroidery project. Squares of flowers that became a quilt.
My sister, six years older, embrooidered with fingers much more nimble. When she died, her grand daughter feared no one could show her how to make a French knot. I said, "No sweat." Fruit from those long girlhood car trips.
And, untangling the skeins of embroidery thread was good practice in untagling skeins of thought for my writing life to come.
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