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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Backside

We sew. We stitch. We embroider. (Well, at least I do.) But most never look at the back of their needlepoint (whether embroider or cross stitch) except to check something, start a thread, or end one.

I don't know why, but I am one of those people that is often fascinated with the backside of my needlework; the part not meant to be seen, the part that is often not seen, the part often overlooked. I look at the backside of something I've been working on or something I've finished, watching the colors and the lines that connect the images or words on the front, such an important part of a finished piece, yet... How often do we notice? How often to we look? How often do we even think about what is on the other side?

There are so many thing in this world that make up not just a creative process, but life, so many things that are below the surface or on the other side. Many sometimes we just need to stop and look or at least give them a thought without letting ourselves get stuck there.

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