November 25, 2008
This is an embroidered tea light candle holder that I made last night at Brown Owls.
Do take care - don't look too closely or you might get your eyebrows singed. It was a cunning plan to light the candle before showing you my work. Best that no-one looks too closely.
My design is a bit shoddy (I won't keep you guessing: its a stocking and some holly) and the stitching involves a great deal of ... ahem ... poetic license. With the work wrapped around a glass, every misdemeanour and shortcut and bit of wonkiness can be seen quite clearly, when you peer in.
However, when I look at my tealight candle holder, its not the finished product I see. Instead I see a lovely evening. A chance to try out something new and a little bit different. An opportunity to listen to lively conversation and laughter. And a chance to catch up with some delightful people and meet some lovely new ones. The joy of this project was most definitely in the making. Craft as a process and not an outcome. Craft the verb; not the noun.
I'm looking forward to attending Brown Owls next year. Its good for the soul.