We are so lucky

Yesterday morning I woke up at my usual “getup and go to school” time. I’ve never been able to sleep late on the weekends – it seems like such a waste of the day. After making myself a cup of coffee, I sat down to do some stitching on the Marriage Pillowe as the sun came up.

Slowly the room filled with warm slanting rays of sunshine as I worked. It was quiet and I was simply enjoying the feel of the wool, the sound of the needle passing through the linen and the rich colors in front of me. I reached the end of a thread, finished it off and cut the end.

As I looked up from my work, I saw colors glowing in the sunshine. The Floral Bed Cover is still sitting on it’s frame waiting for me to decide about the final stitches and the colors were alive in the sun.

It stuck me how very, very lucky we are to work with the quality of materials, the beautiful colors and rich fabrics we use in our embroidery.

Aren’t we blessed to be part of a long, unbroken tradition of creating beautiful things from cotton, linen, wool and silk? Nature provides us with the raw materials and, through the ingenuity of the human mind, we’ve spun, dyed, woven and stitched them into works of art.

Stitching Groups

One of the things I’m most looking forward to at the Royal School of Needlework Crewel Work course is the chance to meet, talk to and spend time with other embroiderers.

Living in Berlin, where embroidery just isn’t the “in thing”, I stitch in isolation. It’s not that I don’t have people to talk to and show my work to: my husband is my greatest cheerleader and is genuinely interested in my work. I value his opinion, ask for it often and act on in sometimes. There are friends to whom I can show my work and always have nice things to say and good questions to ask. But I don’t have a local embroidery group. The closest I come is communicating via this blog and your comments. The Unbroken Thread Community is my local embroidery group.

I sure hope we’re a lot more fun than this group appears to be!

Like many of you, I read other blogs and even occasionally visit some of the online stitching communities. The internet is a great way to connect to other people who share your interests and, in the case of embroidery, it’s fabulous since not that many people embroider.

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Meditative Quality of Simple Stitches

This week I haven’t stitched very much. There’s a lot going on at school with the end of the year coming up. Here in Berlin we go to school until June 28. I know that sounds like a long year, but we do get lots of one and two week breaks throughout the year, which I quite like. So some days I’ve come home and just collapsed and done not much at all but read a good book.

What I have done is to get quite a bit of the white chain stitch border finished on the RSN Prep Sampler. And, when I did sit down to stitch, I found it so relaxing.

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