05 February 2010


braccialetto trasversale di slogan del punto
Cross Stitch Slogan Bracelet

Last year while perusing an ancient Ladies Home Journal in search of images for a collage I was working on I came across an article on Negative Capability.

A theory expressed by poet John Keats in a letter to his brother, Negative Capability is

"when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason."

That concept struck a cord for me.... getting comfortable with the unknown. One of my favorite songs by folk singer, Iris Dement is "Let the Mystery Be"....we don't have all the answers and we can't always make sense of things. Instead of getting hung up on those questions I would like to embrace this idea, make it my motto.

I like the idea of having a slogan or a motto and wearing it on my sleeve so to speak. This is my personal version of "What would Jesus do?", or Lance Armstrong's "Live Strong", or that famous little red string (what does that mean anyway?). My motto will help remind me to stay in a place of equipoise and ward off the "whys and what ifs".

...so for the moment this is my motto, my slogan...and I love the idea that I can make a whole slew of these bracelets with different words, different slogans...and when my thoughts, ideas and aspirations change all I have to do is change my bracelet...it is easier than removing a tattoo!

What would your slogan say?


Anonymous said...

I can think of so many mottos. The shortest would be "just breathe".
Please, can you share with us how you finished the bracelet.

Kathy Gillespie said...

Sure! I will share how the bracelet was finished in a new post later today. Good slogan.

TheCluelessCrafter said...

Kathy, I have never heard of Negative capability but like where it leads. To stay in the unknown as if all can be accomplished minus all the knowns.

I can see this idea gaining steam!

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Somehow I find this concept strangely comforting? Thank you for sharing.

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Hi Kathy,
Thanks for your kind words! I found several of those little wire baskets at a thrift store on the 80% off table. I believe I got them for about 50 cents each. Every so often I get an idea or see pattern that seems say "put me in the little wire basket!"

Kudos to your website too! Plesae let me know when it is up and running!