|A sad snowman sculpture, wrapped for the cold, and melting. (Woodstock, Vt.)|
|A sad swan sculpture with heads missing! No loss as almost melted,|
|A snow frog prince melting down vs. melting my heart! (Woodstock, Vt.)|
|Pin strips, cut strips, pin blocks and stitch-- the makings of a quilt.|
|From Scraps to quilt blocks.|
When I was a psychiatric nurse in the days-of-old, a treatment for a depressed patient was a box of tangled yarn. This box was given to the patient with the directions to untangle the yarn and wind it into balls. It is just the sort of task that I love, but when a person is really depressed, more challenge and aggravation heaped on them makes such a task nearly impossible! We knew that the patient was better when they would get angry and throw it back to us with a strong message, "to shove it!!"
|Cutting squares, counting blocks. Mundane, but therapeutic, activities!|
It is interesting to note that research has since shown that working with our hands can help us re-wire our brains, and so while my sewing may seem a "frivolous" activity, for me it is no less than essential. When creativity doesn't spark, doing the mundane, repetitive sorts of tasks seem to be just the thing. Cutting and pinning, doing the boring and never-ending stitching required in sewing crafts or quilts, knitting or even simply doing the prep work for future days can truly soothe what needs to heal.
Physical activity can have a similar effect. House-cleaning-sorts-of-tasks can be a great way to work out frustrations and can prove to enhance a person's feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction as well. What better way to put order to an unsettled mind then forcing yourself to deal with a big disorganized mess!
|A bit of cutting and organizing. Some serious quilting prep work.|
|Enough yet for this quilt top, or shall I make two or three?|