Why Word Press made me say “Hello, World” when all I want to do is speak to the Stitching World, I’ll figure out later when I start my pages for “The Shop Sampler,” a project you’ll love to follow and emulate yourself I’ll bet!
A bit about me. Like many I started stitching when I was a preteen. Don’t remember the exact age, but I do remember my first finished piece. It was a stamped sampler in autumn colors that my mother framed and hung in her walk in pantry. I’m not sure where it is now as Mom doesn’t have that walk in pantry or even that house any longer.
Again like many, I took a break from stitching during my teens and early 20s. Then I focused on oil painting and other forms of self-expression, flannel shirts, jeans, shaggy hair, devotee of Leonard Cohen music, and POW bracelet on the wrist. ( I was finally able to retire the bracelet when Lt.Col Bernard Conklin’s remains were returned to the U.S. in the late ’80s. I was living in the DC suburbs then and went to the Wall to make sure there was a cross put next to his name. It was there. I thought of his daughter and my friend, Jan.)
My interests in stitching cover the gamut, but always comes back to embroidery stitches. Did you know you can put them anywhere?! I especially love the connection to history I feel when stitching. I think that is why I am so passionate about blackwork these days. It is a history that noone seems to have a lot to say about. The names Catherine of Aragon and Chaucer come up and, of course, Hans Holbein who not only painted Henry the 8th revealing the blackwork on Henry’s clothing, but Holbein also did some decorating and clothing design for Henry. Maybe that’s why he painted the embroidery so clearly? Maybe those were articles he created for Henry?
That’s what this blog is about. Blackwork. Where did it come from?. How do you do it? How is it changing with modern fibers and fabrics? If you express an interest we could even gather via Yahoo Groups to have a meeting and share thoughts, patterns, and our passion for this lovely form of embroidery. I’ve already got the room ready. Come visit for a spell.
Now, I’m off to photograph my current project to use as a header for The Lessons. Later…