SIX STRANDS I. summertime clothesline sun-bleached swimsuits and towels functional design II. taming tough jute knot after follow-the-diagram knot precisely forming each knot every creation now lost to time. Unraveled. III. Simplicity patterns and fabric on bolts – Orth’s Department Store – a place for dreaming. Later, pinning pattern pieces – cutting carefully – no place for dreaming. IV. counting cross stitches design emerges slowly meticulously time-lapse with needle and thread if you follow the pattern V. The Conundrum of Patterns They are everywhere. They are beautiful. They teach discipline. They limit creativity. They encourage innovation. They connect us. They are thread; we are needles. VI. pull one thread at a time to unravel the apron string's knot -- a tangle of patterns, precision, and perfection. Examine each beautiful strand. Make them into something wholly...you.
© Mary Lee Hahn, 2022
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