One of the most beneficial books I've read is The Vigorous Mind by Ingrid Cummings (I've written tons of posts about this on my book blog). Cummings recommends becoming a dilettante and being proud of it! Expand your horizons, experiment with your interests.
Although our society has come to prefer the specialist over the generalist, Cummings recommends developing diverse interests and enthusiasms, becoming more well-rounded, and reaching for things to expand your pleasure in life, without striving for the perfection of the specialist.
"REACH" has some wool stitching at the top, but the rest is all pearl cotton. I like the feather stitch, but wasn't too creative with it. I've seen some really creative versions here at Jizee's blog. She has 3 posts this week on variations of the feather stitch. Inspiring!
"TINY DEVOTIONS" also ended up with a lot of feather stitch. The butterfly is paper, but coated with a Modge Podge. The fabric is some of my eco dyed experiments with rings from rusted bottle caps.
The stitching on the prayer flags has been a kind of tiny devotion in itself, but as I stitched, I found myself thinking of many things that are tiny devotions in life: slicing baby carrots for a spinach salad, unrolling my yoga mat, taking a walk to appreciate the warm weather we have been having, grooming the cats (oh, no--that doesn't count because I often curse during that chore).
And while the Triad may consider grooming a way in which I display my feline devotion, it really has more to do with wanting less cat hair to deal with. :) Totally self-serving.
I've completed 4 flags so far: Fresh, Balance, Reach, and Tiny Devotions, and there are several more in progress. I have all of the original words and phrases I jotted down before beginning this project, but keep adding to the list.
You can see more work by TAST participants at Tuesday Stitchers, TAST Facebook, and Stitching Fingers.
More about prayer flags here