Monday, November 26, 2012

will you join me in a project?


I've been dreaming of doing a larger-scale project involving my stitched stones.  I'm imagining a collection of a hundred or so displayed together, and what a delicious collection of color and texture that would be.   The idea has been percolating for a while and something that I keep coming back to is that I'd somehow like to get 'you' involved.  I feel such a sense of community with you that read my blog, or stop by on facebook or flickr or twitter; with those of you that share a sense of wonder towards nature and an appreciation for the work that comes from hand and heart.

So while I go forward with my project, I ask if any of you would like to join in by sending me a stone.  

Send me a stone and I will felt it, embroider it, stitch your initials and location (state, country, etc.) on the bottom and share "your" stone here on my blog when I've finished it.  When the project is completed, I hope to find a place to have all of the stones displayed.  The thought of all those stones... your stones, my work, nestled together with others, and what that represents makes my chest swell with happiness.

If you'd like to join in, please read the details below.  If you know anyone else who would like to take part, I'd love it if you would share this with them too.


  • Stones that are between 3/4" to 3" long work best.
  • Stones that have a smooth or mostly smooth surface work best.
  •  I can't refund postage costs.
  • Please include a note with your stone with your initials, location, and your name and blog or website if you'd like me to share it when I post your completed stone.  If you'd like to tell me about where you found your stone, I'd love to hear that too.
  • A few of you have asked if you can get your stone back when the project is completed.  At this stage I can't commit to getting your stone back in your hands.  If, at the end of this, the stones go up for sale then I would like to give you first dibs on your stone, but right now I'm not sure where this project will end up.
  • Please mail the stones to:  
Lisa Jordan
PO Box 338
Garrison, MN 56450
Thank you so much!

60 comments:

Sonia / Cozy Memories said...

I'm totally in ! You can count on me ! What a wonderful idea, sweet friend !!
xoxo

ecokaren said...

What a great idea! I'd love to throw....I mean, send you a stone.

Will you be returning them back to us when you are done? Can I pay you for it? It would make a great gift!

Cynthia Nicole said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
ariadne said...

Please I'd love to contribute a stone from Greece, I am anyway a stone's throw away from you!LOL! Could I then buy it as it will be felted? Or are you going to keep all of them? I always wanted to buy one of your felted embroidered stones but I was always late!AriadnefromGreece!

julochka said...

does the little bag of stones i brought you this summer count as my contribution or do i need to burden your mailman? :-)

mireya said...

I would love to join it sounds like so much fun! Part of me just wants to write on my stone like it's a letter and stick it in the mail box with a few stamps on it. But I know the post lady would just punch me in the face ha ha ^_^ I'm in!(and I'll get an envelope)

Stephane in AK said...

Ooh, I love mireya's idea but I'll box my stone as well. It's coming from where I collected it (for painting) off the beach in Seward, Alaska. :D

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Thank you so much, girls! I'm so excited to have you included!

Karen - I haven't completely worked that detail out yet. I would say that if the stones do go up for sale, that I'd like to offer you first dibs on the stone you sent, but I'm not sure yet where this project will end up.

Mireya - I sooo wish that you could mail them that way, I'd love to open that kind of mail!

Mousy Brown said...

I'm in...I sit and look at the lovely stone you made for me every day, I'd be so excited to join in! A Welsh stone (caregos) will be on it's way! :D

Anne said...

I love your stones so I would like to send you a stone from Germany.

Anne

prpltrtl946 said...

What an awesome idea!! I'm in for buying it back too!! If that is the way you want it to go! It would also be cool if they all ended up in a Gallery somewhere!! 8*)

I collected some rocks up in Maine with my big brother before he died. I stayed with him while he emptied his house, then he came back to NH to stay with us until he passed.

These rocks are special, but the dates are old. They came to mind as soon as I started reading. I'm thinking my big brother approves! 8*)

Margie Oomen said...

what if some , who are able sent you a stitched and felted stone instead of a raw one. That would also be amazing and may lessen your load, literally:) Either way you can count me in of course but head's up for your post person. They better start doing some weight training.
xo

kristin said...

This sounds awesome Lisa! I have the same question as Margie...what if I sent you a pre-felted stone?

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Oh Margie and Kristin - you are wonderful. I love that you're willing to send me a felted stone. For this project, I would like the felting and stitching to be my contribution but oh my goodness how amazing would that kind of project be? I'd love that! Let's keep it in mind for the future.

BlackStar said...

I'm in! I'll make a note and rummage through my rock piles this week. :)

joanie said...

Count me in too! I have a feeling you'll have loads of takers, your fingers will be extra busy.
Does your family know you'll be absent for a good long while felting and stitching up a storm?
xo

Laura said...

What fun! I'd love to contribute a stone. Better get looking before the snow (really) flies!

Cathy said...

wow! how exciting! i collect stones when i visit the different beaches on the california coast. i would love to share one of my stones for this project. thanks for including us : )

Tumus said...

I hope you have a system for keeping ALL of these rocks neat, tidy and in order lol or else you may find yourself between a rock...and alot of other rocks!

I'm "in like Flynn". Even if Ohio's not an overly cool place it's still my place :)

Martina Oehlinger said...

Lisa you clearly need a rock from Australia. will pop one into the mail.
You are creating a gathering place for rocks from all over the world adorned by your sacred hands.
Wonderful!!! I am looking forward to see the outcome one day.

Ellen said...

Hi Lisa,
I would love to contribute a stone from Lake Michigan's shore. I love to pick them up when we take a walk along the beach and it would be amazing for one of these to join all the other stones that you receive from around the world!

What a wonderful project.

Ellen

julochka said...

p.s. i think i would actually kill for that yellow stone in the photo...and possibly also the dark brown (or is it aubergine) one that's a bit bigger.

Lisa-Marie said...

I am totally in. A Scottish stone will find it's way to you soon!

Kim said...

Ahhh, stellar idea! I will definatley be sending you a stone. I have some from Prudoe Bay, Alaska that I think will be the right size. It may take another month or so for me to get it in the mail but I will try to have it sent by the middle of January. I'm very excited to see how this all works out.

ariadne said...

Just mailed the stone today!Hope you will receive it soon!AriadnefromGreece!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I'm in ... there'll be a stone on it's way soon! An awesome idea Lisa :)

Els said...

What a wonderful idea Lisa, I'll send you one (though it's probably best to choose a thin one .... ;-) !!!)
I'll stick to stitching my own stones in white ...

MiauMau said...

do you have a deadline? I would love to send you a stone from my childhood beach, but I'm only going there at Christmas. I would definitely buy it off of you afterwards :)

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

You guys are so great. Thank you!!

MiauMau - I won't have a deadline until I start getting close to 100 stones, but that probably won't be until next year sometime. Thank you!

Julie - no killing allowed.

Siew said...

Sounds like fun. I can contribute a stone from the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in Canada.

Martina Oehlinger said...

Lisa - a little bit of Australia went on it's way today. It will not be long until you have got 100 I am sure of that. Happy felting and whatever wants to be created with them.

DahnStarr said...

Sending a stone from rural Nevada your way. If you decide to sell the stones after the show could you use a portion of the funds to help support a local youth and/or childrens art program?

sandy said...

the Hawaii stone is on it's way.... what a wonderful project!!

Traci Johnson said...

I can't even imagine you working on 100 + stones! What a fun idea and I'll be sending my stone to you soon. I think you should definitely set up some kind of show with them. While I would love the opportunity to buy my stone back from you, I think it would be great for you to keep them all in a traveling show.

liniecat said...

I will send a Uk stone........there are some magical stones on a beach near us that have holes in them, worn by the sea...........wonder how difficult it would be for one of those to felt!

Jo said...

Hope to send one from Spain early next week! Your project sounds amazing and I look forward to seeing the results!

Doggenfan said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Doggenfan said...

Quelle bonne idée! I'll send you a river-stone from France, where I live. I really think you should try to get some publicity with your idea, it's great & fun and very internationally orientated, with stones coming in now from all over the world.
If ever you will have the courage to do another project with already felted stones, let me know!

Doggenfan said...

Hi Lisa, sorry, me (Doggenfan from France) again. I have been thinking about your project last night (the things we do at night..;) and came up with this idea: AFTER this project has been finished and IF you will still be happy with stones, would it be an idea if people could send you an already felted stone WITH embroidery thread so won't have the costs for material, than you do your magic with it, put the stones up for publicity, exposition and sale and donate the money to a good cause? That would be such a great thing and so internationally orientated! What do you think? Warm regards from cold France :)

Echo Rigby said...

Hi! I discover you and your wonderfull woll stone this morning and you know that it's a wile that I'm thinking about hand flet some stones? I find the really cute, cozy and interesting!
I hope I can take part to this cute project! If you want I can send you a stone from Italy! ^_^
have a nice day!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Thanks so much, everyone! Some of the stones have started to arrive and it's like a bolt of happy every time I open the mailbox.

Doggenfan - that sounds like an amazing project and something I will definitely consider. I love the idea of a worldwide collaborative. :)

spread your wings said...

I would love to join in if you still need more stones. I love what you're doing with them. Your work is amazing!

Doggenfan said...

French stone is on its way! :)

Anonymous said...

What a lovely project, i will send you a stone from Holland,
Greetz,
Karen

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

I can't wait to see all of the stones! I do still need plenty, so please spread the word. Thank you all so much!

red2white said...

I will risk it, one or two stones is less than a whole box. But it needs to wait until we go to the Loch Ness :-)

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

A Loch Ness stone! The thought makes me giddy! Thanks, M, for considering it. :D

Nichola Pitt said...

Hi Lisa, I have been an avid yet silent reader of your blog for a while now and share your love of stones. I have an interesting collection of stones with holes and stripes from various places around the UK. I would love to send you one and have you work your magic on it.

Sara B. said...

Hi Lisa! I just found you recently and love your work!

I love working with found materials as well so this stone project has really captured my imagination.

I'd love to send you a stone from Seattle, WA if you're still accepting them.

I've also been experimenting with natural dye techniques and I thought it might be fun to dye some roving with gathered lichen from my area and send it along. It imparts the most amazing scent and beautiful color on the wool I've dyed so far.

Just let me know how much roving you would need for about an inch in diameter stone.

I love connecting with other fiber artists!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Sara - I am still accepting stones and I'd love for you to take part. If you'd like to send a little roving along, that would be fine too. I can always weave some of your wool in with mine so the amount you send can be just a tiny bit or enough to wrap around the stone. I took a look at your blog and your lichen results are lovely. Thanks so much for stopping in!

SilentLotus Creations said...

What a terrific project! The idea fills me with excitement! I have two of your stones on my windowsill and often hold and enjoy them. <3 Anticipating seeing the wondrous results. :D

Ramona said...

what angreat project. can i participate from germany?

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Ramona - I'd be delighted if you would send me a stone from Germany. :)

Linda said...

Wonderful idea!

Linda said...

Great idea!

kelly said...

I just found your blog today. A friend sent me a link as I had mentioned to her that I will make felted stones with my 6th grade class when we go away on our annual class trip. I've done this with classes before and they love it. I've got lots of stones from our trips and I'd love to send you one, if you still need some, I think I might be a bit late. I live in Turkey but I'm off to NYC for a weeks visit at Easter so I could send it then. Let me know if you are still happy to get a stone.

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

kelly - I'd be delighted if you'd send me a stone. Thank you!

MagaMerlina said...

Hi Lisa, I just posted a stone from New Zealand for your project, I hope you get it soon :)

Barbara said...

Lisa, I have not visited your blog in a while... busy teaching my kindergarten students! I would love to send you a beach stone from America's hometown....Plymouth, MA! Are you still accepting stones? My fingers are crossed.

Peace!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Barbara, yes, please! I'd be thrilled to have a stone from you. :)

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails