Sewing embroidery is soothing, mood enhancing, humorous, and brings memories to mind of times long ago. My mother was always happiest while working on her hand sewing. At that time, I had no patience for handwork. I was all about speed. I even taught a class called Speed Quilting. It featured rotary cutting, machine piecing, and machine quilting. But now that I have closets full of quilts, (and so do my kids and grandkids), I find I want to handle my sewing in a more personal way.
The embroidery I make is small, about pillow size. I can sew it start to finish easily in a week. The most fun part is finding out what I’ll make. It’s a surprise to me every time. I think of fairy tales, and they come out of my fingers. These are mash-ups of story characters, and imagined images. A long time ago, I read all the books, Red Fairy Book, Blue Fairy Book, etc. And I read Greek mythology collections, and Aesops’ Fables, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and all else I could find. And I watched The Storyteller, a Jim Henson production, which is a fantastic visual treat. And now I sew stories, parts of this, bits of that.