My Stitched Darlings

“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough… Make good art.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Most things are born screaming,
fighting a world too new
to be wanted by any.

Not you, my stitched darlings.

You crawled out of me
serene (dark ink kissing paper
tasting of coffee or tea),
imagination and patience
making new out of old.

I love watching you grow,

my stitched darlings, watching you
being wanted by (m)any hearts…
and being loved (so loved) by me.

the (not so) wee notes…
– I started stitching poetry in an effort to fight a combination of injury and disease that was stiffening my hands—handwriting and stitching requires specific movements that exercise tiny muscles that would not get a daily workout otherwise. I really liked the stitched results, loved them even. So, I started collecting them. Then, my friend Emma suggested they were so cool that I should consider making them available for purchase.

I giggled at her loving silliness. Who would want to buy this stuff, really? I thought. I love them because I love everything that is mine. Emma loves them because she loves me (she’s insane like that). Then, strangers who saw my stitched words on Instagram started asking if I sold them. When I said, “Of course”, they began to buy them. Yes, I’m still a tad surprised, but also proud… of my stitched darlings.

–  Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads ~ A Glance at Narrative. K, asks us to “think of some story in writing [a] poem.” I’m handfasting K’s prompt to Paul’s Scribble It, which invites us to birth poetry “that speaks in some way of a ‘First Time’”. Also adding to Poets United ~ Poetry Pantry 364.

Another Note (for those who’ve emailed me about my shop’s opening date): my online store will open in September. I apologize for the delays… It’s just that life insists on throwing wrenches my way. And I can only dance so fast… But September seems all right (for now… we don’t want to tempt Fate, do we? And yes, by “we” I mean “me”).

83 thoughts on “My Stitched Darlings

  1. Yay, congrats on your upcoming store! I am smitten with all of your creations!
    I love the story you shared how creating your art/using your hands etc was a way to help you( I can so relate on that journey!) and how your friend Emma sparked you..isn’t it amazing how things come alive when we let them..shine on my magical sister…you are an amazing soul and your poems/writing/art/creations are powerful-gorgeous pieces of you!
    So honored you share them!
    have a sweet day

  2. Congratulations gorgeous!❤️ Your creations are absolutely exquisite! 😀 Especially love this part; “You crawled out of me serene (dark ink kissing paper
    tasting of coffee or tea), imagination and patience making new out of old.” Beautifully penned!❤️

  3. I love the Gaiman quote, Magaly, and always have admired your ability to turn tough times into art – I just want to curl up and shut up at such times. I am such a fan of your stitched poems, and can exactly imagine how some might like to own one. I wish you luck in setting up shop.

  4. Wow…I always thought you were writing on cloth not stitching…amazing…oh and my prompt got hand-fasted to Karin’s…how cool is that?

  5. I love that you stitch your poems! I would never think of doing something like that because my sewing kit consists of a stapler and duct tape. Such talent and creativity you have! I am looking forward to your store when you open it. Dance to whatever speed you need. We will all be here.

  6. This is wonderful, Magaly! I really think there would be a market for these. Good luck with your online store. I can understand how you would love these little darlings, and I am sure others who ‘adopt’ them will love them too.

  7. Where to start… first there’s the brilliance of Neil Gaiman!

    Then the poetry… perfectly encapsulating the pain and the joy of the creative process.

    “stitched darlings” ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    Yay for art, words, love… and insanity!!! 😉 😀

  8. So pleased you love embroidery. I am an embroidery rescuer. I buy embroideries from op shops. They are so intricately worked and sadly not appreciated by many . I use them to pay tribute to these creative practitioners of the gentle arts by incorporating them in quilts. They take forever to make and I don’t have a lot of time but I find it very relaxing.I also patch jeans with them. Good luck with the shop. ‘Im Dancing As fast As I Can’ is the name of a book I read light years ago

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