February 13, 2016

A Lovely Thought for Those of Us in the Textile Arts

“To sew is to pray. Men don’t understand this. They see the whole but they don’t see the stitches. They don’t see the speech of the creator in the work of the needle. We mend. We women turn things inside out and set things right. We salvage what we can of human garments and piece the rest into blankets. Sometimes our stitches stutter and slow. Only a woman’s eyes can tell. Other times, the tension in the stitches might be too tight because of tears, but only we know what emotion went into the making. Only women can hear the prayer.” ~ LOUISE ERDRICH, Four Souls

The same could be said for spinning and weaving as well. Not that no men participate nor are they all ignorant of the workings we innately do when creating textiles, but they aren’t naturally inclined toward it. Sorry, fellas, if you are offended. It is a bit of a generalization, but not by much. Throughout many different traditions there are powerful goddesses: the Norns, the Moirai, Grandmother Spider Woman, Frigga, Archne, Athena, Nit, Minerva, Arianrhod, the First Sericulturalist… the list of all of them would be pretty long, but they are all female. Sorry fellas.

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