Braille for the Soul

Posted: December 20, 2016 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time

pod-in-processI was given this felted wool pod so I started stitching the edge to get a feel for the medium
pod-in-process-1and kept stitching
pod-in-process-2’til it turned into a sort of sea urchin
pod-in-process-4pod-in-process-5pod-in-process-3stitching is like braille for the soul but to understand the form I should have started drawing the sea urchin first!
sea-urchinthere is much more to explore in this form!

  1. dinahmow says:

    No, I like it this fact, I love it as is. I could “see” you, stitching your way around and down, turning the bowl, angling your needle…it is so Mo.
    Would you consider selling?

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks for the query Di, this one’s a xmas gift for a friend in need of soul comforting but the next one will work even better now that I understand the form, will give you first dibs on it.

  2. roz says:

    so devine Mo! .. your work echoes the delicate detail of these beauties.

  3. you didn’t need to study the form, you just invented a new one.

  4. Julie Banks says:

    Love this, Mo- your sea urchin is so beautiful!

  5. fiona says:

    Such beautiful thinking with your hands Mo – I love the way it evolves in your fingertips…what a delight!

    • Mo Crow says:

      an exploration of feeling out the form, the warm fuzziness of felt, the different textures of the stitches and how the lines of stitch give the form a more solid structure

  6. Lovely, what a lucky find

  7. the strength is in the let it go it’s own way….how do you think of the felt

    • Mo Crow says:

      felt is so beautiful to stitch, the needle slides through so easily but this purple pod was very loosely felted in places which added an extra dimension of wobbliness

  8. vdbolyard says:

    lucky find, and you’re right, often we should draw first. and draw and draw, and then…

    • Mo Crow says:

      drawing is how I understand the world, developing an idea can take 100’s of sketches, rarely just one, depending on the complexity of the form and the clarity of the dream. With this piece I tried to respond directly to the haptic sensibility.

  9. Liz A says:

    I saw this post when it first hit the airwaves and was so taken by it that I had to step away. I’m still struggling to find words that adequately express how much I appreciate your process and the magic that comes from your hands. And if drawing and studying form are wonderful means to an end, so too is the going-ness of this piece.

  10. The stitching makes it (and us) stronger, more what (or who) it is . . . I like that idea.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Wendy))) about halfway through I was very close to giving it a decent burial but decided to just keep going & see where it would go first then fell in love with it!

  11. Susan says:

    This pod is precious! Like forming something beautiful from a lump of clay. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Stephanie says:

    It’s quite beautiful and luminous which is a word that often comes to mind when I see your work.

  13. Jane Bodnaruk says:

    ‘should have’ one should never say that – you didn’t know where you were going and you enjoyed it. the sea urchins were obviously in your mind, you just didn’t ‘know’ it. beautiful

  14. handstories says:

    The evolution of your urchin is spectacular and holds some of the mysteries of the deep sea! It’s one of your drawings come to life…

  15. coloremartine says:

    The soul only needs beauty………………..

  16. like very much that you feel its liveliness… a whole new world to stitch into

  17. arlee says:


  18. deemallon says:

    the pictures of the felted urchin actually made me gasp it is so exquisite. I can’t imagine how it, as a gift, could offer anything less than a full-bodied comfort. a palm-sized treasure. Will you tell her about Jimmy Hendrix? That adds to its potency, somehow.

    my mind went to “Oliver Twist” and THAT urchin, holding his empty bowl out in the universal gesture of hunger: “Please, sir, I want some more.”

  19. mutabilia says:

    I very much like the notion of stitching being like braille for the soul. makes complete sense. I may very well be quoting you, if it’s alright?

  20. CarolWiebe says:

    Marvelous stuff–the felt, the stitches, the thoughts, the words.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thank you for visiting Carol, this is a very strange hard time for our beautiful broken world, I just read these words of hope for our beautiful broken world today on Terri Windling’s Myth & Moor
      “You cannot ultimately break a rainbow, you can only fail to see its myriad, shattered beauties.”

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