Here is my latest rug, a scrappy punch-hooked rug. This thing took me so long to finish I had nearly given up hope of ever getting it done. It's now on the floor in my bathroom, and I am just so pleased with myself. (Note the self-satisfied look on my face--oh that's right, I forgot to photograph that bit)
But in making this rug I was reminded of the truth about a certain esoteric life principle: When you are attempting to get rid of something and trying hard to use it all up, a mysterious process occurs at night while you are sleeping; whatever it is, it MULTIPLIES while you sleep or when your back is turned.
Case in point: the yarn for this rug. I was trying to use up ALL my leftover rug yarn. I was certain this project would do it. Punch hooking takes a lot of yarn.
So I was confident.
About halfway through the rug I began to suspect the scraps of yarn were multiplying when I turned my back. And by the time I finished, I looked in the bag and was convinced. I cannot believe how much of this yarn I have left. It's as if I never made the rug. WTF?
This is a universal rule and applies to many things in life we are trying our best to use up:
...you get the idea.
But anyway--the rug is now where it should be and I love it. However, I apparently can make yet another rug, or several, with this same yarn.
Of course, should I suddenly be inspired to use this specific yarn for a tantalizing and exciting new purpose, I know that I would go to the yarn bag tomorrow and find nothing but a few short pieces.
It would all have simply disappeared overnight.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project