OK, so August was awhile ago! But, this was all done by hand, so it counts as "slow cloth" - right?
For this month's Challenge theme, Sharon said:
"I my chaotic and hectic life I often admire people who are able to maintain balance in their lives. What is balance to you? Do you maintain a balanced life? How do you balance aspects of your life? That is the challenge this month - balance."
I do admit that my first thought was, "Balance? What is that?" But I have thought quite a lot about this topic since August first. That is the idea behind this challenge, ya know? Of course, one of the first things I did was Google Life Balance. That led me down the path to lots of web sites, discussions, theories, and strategies. This is obviously a big thing for lots of people!
It's also a complicated issue. In fact, I've come to the conclusion that Balance is something we work for all our lives. It is not a target or goal - it is the process of Life. Pretty deep, huh? While I learned a lot of interesting things - and helpful ideas - how does one turn that into a piece of textile art?
So, I settled on the concept from Debbie Lessin's "Life Is A Balancing Act". You can see some of Debbie's articles (including the following quote) here. She approaches the idea very logically and refers to the struggle this way:
"We are balancing the wheel of our lives. The balance wheel encompasses the following aspects of your life:
Now, there is an image I can work with! So, after all that discussion (and time!) the finished piece is really pretty simple. A balance wheel!
Now! I am working on October's challenge and then I will be caught up again! Only two more months. Hmm. Wonder what's next. Anyway, here is a Sneak Preview. Some handwork involved in this one, but hopefully it will go faster!