Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. – Mary Oliver.
Hello! My name is Cilla and I live close to the south coast of England in the UK.
For a decade I worked as a counsellor and trainer, both within the NHS and in private practice, and before that served many years as a primary school teacher. Now my “work” is less structured, and centres more on reading, writing and sewing. I recently gained an MA in Creative Writing, and run two writing groups in my local area, as well as helping out at our volunteer run Community Library.
The house where I live and work is called “Weavers”. It was named by previous occupants, but I like it. I have always loved textiles, and past generations of my family were linen weavers. So this blog is about my daily life at “Weavers”
(If you are interested, my other blog “Among the Branches” http://www.weavingbranches.wordpress.com is about past generations of my family.)
I am fascinated by the connections between the words “text” and “textile”. Both come from the Latin “texere” – to weave, fabricate or make. This blog journal I hope will bring together my love of both.
Words and fabrics.
I use, create and share both of these in the pattern of my every day routine. You could say they are the warp and weft of my life! Writing words, and manipulating textiles, often gives me insight and develops my understanding of life as a whole.
This blog is an adventure for me in sharing my fascination and enjoyment with others (if anyone is interested) A kind of investment of my collection, my “stash” of words and fabrics, investing it by using it and making, fabricating, patching and piecing scraps, thoughts and themes into small items which others can read and perhaps use themselves. I was kick started into creating it in January 2012 by Writing our Way Home’s mindful writing challenge, and their idea of “small stones”.
So what am I expecting might appear here? Constructions and creations made up of words, and fabric. Created by me from text and textiles. Put out here for you to view, use, gain ideas from or leave as you choose.