Eye of the Needle

My mother taught me the basics of embroidery as a child. Later in my teen years I discovered counted cross stitch. I have finished several projects, some simple, and others more complex. I feel calm with a needle in my hand. I can stitch while I listen to music, watch a movie, enjoy an audiobook, pray, or contemplate. While my hands are moving, so is my mind. My mother died when I was twelve. I miss her, and and spending time with my needle helps to recapture the tiniest part of our short time together.  The pieces I work now hold hopes for the future; a picture for a home far away someday, a bib for a grandchild not yet expected, napkins for a special dinner. Sometimes I feel I have limited choices in life, but I get to choose which projects I will stitch, their subject matter, whether I will keep them or give them as gifts. Cross stitch and other handwork have helped to enrich my life and I hope to continue for a very long time.

nomorepelicans nomorepelicans
36-40, F
2 Responses Aug 25, 2007

I love doing cross-stitch, I have only done basic stuff (little kits that you get free with magazines) but I am hoping to make a blanket/quilt or something for my (future) baby one day :)

What a great story and way to uphold her memory.<br />
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I find that while watching tv, it`s very relaxing to cross-stitch. Sometimes I just like to keep my hands moving.