I had the opening for my prayer shawl display at the MU Staff Arts and Crafts Showcase this week. What a fun time! If you were one of people who visited with me, thanks for coming. If you didn’t get a chance to make it, don’t worry, you’ll get a taste of the show here.

Please do touchPlease touch

I heard the same remark from more than eight people. It went something like, “I thought your sign said, ‘Please don’t touch the prayer shawls.’ But then I realized that it said to touch them!”

I wanted to invite people to touch the shawls because they are not just for the eyes. The feel of the different stitches and fibers is part of the experience of a prayer shawl. You need your hands to understand the warmth, weight and intention in the shawl.

How many ways are we geared to see what we expect, even when we’re wrong? We think the sign says “Don’t touch” even when it says “Touch!” We have habits of limitation that are worth breaking.

Please do touch the prayer shawls!

More from the show

Demonstrating the prayer shawl creation

Demonstrating the prayer shawl creation

A shawl about finding a true home and belonging

A shawl about finding a true home and belonging

A shawl about fufillment and purpose

A shawl about fufillment and purpose

A shawl about making family out of friends

A shawl about making family out of friends

The purple shawl is about how the unknown might be better than the known, the silver is about compassion

The purple shawl is about how the unknown might be better than the known, the silver is about compassion

A prayer scarf about accepting the gifts from those who have gone before us

A prayer scarf about accepting the gifts from those who have gone before us

A shawl from this Lent about sacrifice and forgiveness

A shawl from this Lent about sacrifice and forgiveness

A shawl from this Lent about comfort

A shawl from this Lent about comfort

A shawl for someone with bright blue eyes and a sparkly personality

A shawl for someone with bright blue eyes and a sparkly personality

This  prayer shawl is about happiness and joy

This prayer shawl is about happiness and joy

My friends who made the prayer shawl wooden racks for the displays

My friends who made the prayer shawl wooden racks for the displays (thank you!)

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