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:
My next Beginning Zentangle® class will be for a private group in October. That class is full.
I'll be teaching another beginning class at the Greenfield Community Center in the spring of 2019, date to be determined. They do not have a website so please call them for more information.
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