I Sew like I Write

img_5266Shades of red and blue in my peripheral, the pedal at my feet, I sew like I write: no plot, no plan. Loose threads at every corner. Straight stitch, back stitch, zigzag for the seam. In the late-night hour, I note the mistakes. That section too wide, the other too slant. With a heavy sigh, I undo a whole line, and the floor is littered with wasted string. I brush the scraps aside, so I can rearrange now. Reconsider. Until finally, with distance and a squint of the eye, the pieces become tiny continents of material easily pushed into form, the narrative always present, patchwork to full.


Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.
The rest…will take care of itself.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic


About Christi

Christi Craig is a native Texan living in Wisconsin, working by day as a sign language interpreter and moonlighting as a writer, teacher, and editor. Her stories and essays have appeared online and in print, and she received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Family Matters Contest, 2010. You can send comments or questions via her contact page.
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3 Responses to I Sew like I Write

  1. Beth Hoffman says:

    This is great, Christi. So great, in fact, that I read it twice. Merry Christmas!

  2. Lisa says:

    Beautiful words, beautiful colors. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Christi!

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