I seem to have frittered away the entire day without a creative thought and very little done! I was really wanting to be working on a new biggish quilt, but with all my work tables out of the shed waiting for the slab to cure there is nowhere to work on fabric. I picked up my Traveler's Blanket again- I had put it aside as i was not sure i thought it was working, and whether I wasn't wasting my time. I am still not sure- I like it a bit better with the background quilting in place- but it is an awful lot of stitching if I am not happy with the end result! I will ruminate on it some more.
I tried to do some research by going through my books on Palestinian costume- I love some of the colours that are used on the older more traditional cross stitch embroideries. The first book "Palestinian Costume" is by Jehan Rajab ,the other book "Palestinian Embroidery" was given to me by Tania Nasir, who co-wrote the book with Widad Kawar, when I was in Ramallah in the Palestinian Territory in 2006. Whilst embroidered dresses are made throughout the region and into Syria each area does have its distinctive motifs and colourings. I would love to see Widad Kawar's collection in Amman,Jordan of the dresses. Looking through the books made me quite sad- to realise that things have worsened since I was there. The dense cross stitch embroidery speaks of a patience and a certain timelessness that cannot be denied.