"Grace" in early morning sun, still all wrinkled up from being in hoop and crushed in hands when working without the hoop.
-elegance of movement, form, expression, or proportion
-a short prayer
-the condition of being favored or sanctified by God
-to add elegance and beauty to
-to honor or favor
-to make more attractive by adding ornament, color, etc.
from the Latin gratia - favor, pleasing, charm
The word even sounds pleasing and grace-ful. One of my favorite poems by Yeats has the line, "How many loved your moments of glad grace" which I think is such a lovely image. "Glad grace," now I'm wishing I'd used that phrase on the flag. I think of "glad grace" when I look at my grandchildren.
And I love this quote: "Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God." --Karl Barth
I think I'm going to use this on a "laughter" prayer flag...if I can fit it in. Maybe I'll print some quotes on fabric, then add them to the flags.
This week's TAST stitch was the Cretan stitch, and I only got a few examples in this flag, partly because it was awkward. I've continued to practice and have improved a little, but find that the creative variations of others are still beyond my reach.
TAST and Tuesday Stitchers and Prayer Flag Project
Next to my reading chair (and in all of my other reading stations)
-1Q84 -- up to page 700 something. Kay, did you ever finish?
-A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore
-Mary Gostelow's Embroidery Book (just got this in the mail from Amazon used books)
-The Dyer's Hand by W.H. Auden
-Bring Me One of Everything by Leslie Hall Pinder