The gorgeous Amy of @randomactsofamy (who also happens to be one amazing stitcher and friend) is collecting stories from stitchers worldwide celebrating and sharing why they are thankful for their particular needle-art. The project is called #ThankStitching.
It was such a therapeutic and rewarding thing to do. I thought I new what embroidery meant to me but taking some time to reflect and write it down helped me realise just how much it means to me, and my “WHY". I share in my story how it connects me to two very important people. This is something that I have not shared before, and I actually didn’t realise the true connection until doing this. I LOVE EMBROIDERY…. and I love this community.
You can read my story below, and the stories of so many amazing stitchers over at Random Acts of Amy
WHY I AM THANKFUL!
Goosebumps! As soon as I think about embroidery that little warm, fuzzy feeling starts to blossom from my core. It then spreads through my body like a needle gliding through fabric and eventually hits my skin in the form of goosebumps. Bliss begins.
It has lighted an internal fire that continually excites me to the nth degree. It is my passion, my retreat, my self indulgence, my joy, my yoga, my sanity, my inspiration, my creativity, my place to dream. It gives me a sense of belonging … to something bigger than I can comprehend.
It helps me to reflect on the small and simple things that motivate me – my family, laughter, being in the moment, color and my love for small, pretty flowers. I love all of the feelings of peace, bliss, euphoria and vulnerability that I feel when I stitch. Oh the joy and fear that a blank canvas can bring.
It is a connection to my parents. I lost my dad when I was 7 and it was at 7 that I learnt to embroider. At that time it was my quiet time and my happy place. It is a connection to my mum who I lost at 14. I remember her hands fondly. They were strong, weathered and beautiful to me. I believe I have similar hands and when I stitch I feel mums hands are stitching with me. When I embroider I feel connected to them both.
It has given me a worldwide community that I ADORE. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this. The only way that I know how to say thank you to the best community in the world is to continue stitching, continue to make the best little darn hoops in the world and continue to SHARE.
For ALL of this I am grateful. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.