Preliminary Pinning ::
The two squares at the bottom were part of a linen jacket my mother-in-law bought for me while we were on an outing at Canon Beach, in Oregon. The leafy pattern was mostly blue but I discharged much of the color, with bleach. Even though this piece is starting out looking brown, I think of it as being blue.
Starting Stitches ::
As I started stitching the cross pieces, I wondered if this will become another exploration of crosses, a shape I want to investigate this year. Then, during that dialogue one has while stitching, before the meditative peace settles in, the word cross flew across my brain and attached itself to the word blue. And that's how it became Blue Cross. I kind of hope I'll come up with a more beautiful name for it, but I'm not terribly good at naming. One of the best names for my work was a piece called Nostalgia, but Jude Hill came up with that; she's very good with words. Maybe she'll stop by and give me an idea for this one. Or, if you have any suggestions, please do tell me!