The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.
— Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926)
This is a new design for me, a traditional motif called asanoha kagari—the flax (or hemp) design. It's a geometric motif that can be used to form individual shapes, to fill other shapes, or as here, as all-over design. I chose to stitch in black on ecru because I have always loved the look of blackwork embroidery, and this design seemed to fit in my mind with that style.
Thread wrap in ecru. C8 division in #5 perle cotton. Embroidery in black. The quote by Thich Nhat Hanh is in the bell box along with brass rings that make a quiet traditional rattle. Circumference: 10.25 inches / 26.5 cm; diameter: 3.26 inches / 8.43 cm. Completed 22 August 2012 (no. 142).
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