All my life I've been interested in textile arts. Weaving, handspinning, quilting, beadwork, embroidery, and rug hooking in all its forms. I started traditional rug making with a hook in the early 1970s, but put it aside for nearly 20 years, the first ten of which my life was in chaos. The next ten, I was just too busy.
But in that "next ten"--the 80s--I tried out small, quick pieces using crewel work, needlepoint, cross stitch, and quilting.
Today I visited with an old friend whom I met in the early 70s and who has lovingly stuck with me ever since. She is a gift in my life. We don't get to see each other often, but we did today. While I was at her house I remembered doing this cross stitch embroidery sampler for her. It's now 35 years old! Finally, today, I got a photograph of it.
I'm so happy to see it looking as good today as it did a thousand years ago. (Ok, 35 years ago.)
I definitely used a pattern--I did not design this but I wish I could remember who did. I'd love to give the designer credit.
Every time I see this piece, it's like visiting an old friend--just as I actually did this afternoon. If you read the words ("I love apples; I love apples; I love apples...Cobblers and Cakes and Strudels and Pies; Yummies for the Tummy, A Feast for the Eyes," etc.) you won't be surprised to hear that while I visited with P today, she was chowing down on...wait for it...a large apple.
We had a discussion on a great place to buy local Honeycrisps. She still loves apples as much as she did 35 years ago.
And I love her!
Thanks for being my friend through thick and thin, P.
"We didn't realize we were making memories. We just thought we were having fun."
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
NEXT INTRO TO ZENTANGLE CLASS:
No immediate group classes scheduled (I'm always open to hearing about a good venue in Western Massachusetts. I am always happy to teach 1-1 and/or in a small group in your home.
Come and amaze yourself!
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project