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June 12, 2014

this is my 651st post

I can’t remember why I started

or what my expectations were

weaving 019the blog was named after my very first piece of stitching

what did that old cigarette ad say,  “you’ve come a long way, baby”?


blogging has forced me to put words on paper – ok – a computer screen

 I’m not particularly good at the writing, I didn’t think about that when I started

the photography has been a pleasure

and I love seeing all the different countries visitors call home

your comments are reward for the time it takes

I love knowing what everyone is doing

the greatest reward is to meet in person

P1040980Heather brought her backpack to show me

seen here with her quilt made to go with it and my kesa

the backpack can be seen at a show, Field Trip Exhibit, at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia  June 19 – ?

although Heather and I live on the same coast, on different islands

 chances are we might never have met without our blogs

and I would have missed a wise and beautiful person

my kesa started with two pieces of Japanese fabric


a gift from Heather, she received it from her friend Jean-Pierre, who lives in Japan

he received it from his Japanese friend

writing a blog can be a little like tossing a pebble into a pond – in this case the Pacific Ocean

the ripples reach unexpected people and places

and joyfully, on some occasions, new friendships are made

read Heather’s story on True Stitches

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2014 2:48 am

    Thanks for opening this page of your liigfe to us, seeing this first piece of stitching is such an emotion.
    Words weaves links between us, like threads, and I’m always grateful to people who take the time ans effort to put things in words. It’s important, when you like someones work, to know what is hapenning in her head at the same time.


    • June 21, 2014 8:05 am

      Guillaume – thank you for leaving a comment, I know it is an effort in a second language but it makes blogging worthwhile to know who is reading – and for me, where they are in this crazy world.


  2. June 17, 2014 2:20 am

    Finally I have time to come back here and write a comment. I love your first embroidery – very determined first steps! I have my own little tradition here – to go through all your blog post every half a year or so – like having a favorite book on a night stand , always finding inspiration and new things to learn, specially when i am in doubt – this place that your created puts me back on track instantly. So I vote for 651 more! At least.
    And thanks to you I’ve been following Heather’s blog for a while, she is a geat inspiration.
    Gashho-bow to you again!


    • June 17, 2014 8:10 am

      Alfia – thank you for such lovely words and support, comments are what keep me posting. Knowing that there are others around the world that are stitching and weaving makes the world seem a saner place.


  3. June 14, 2014 8:17 am

    that’s what stitching does…
    i love your blog title, and am so glad to have met you this way–we’re far apart, but not THAT far!


  4. June 13, 2014 3:44 am

    What an amazing tenure–here’s to 651 more! I love that you kept your first stitching attempt–when was that made? My favorite part about blogging has been the connections I’ve made with such interesting and creative people–I never expected that!


    • June 13, 2014 8:08 am

      Kerry – the embroidery came in a box with 3-4 bright cotton squares printed with simple animals, wool yarns, a needle and plastic scissors. think I got it for Christmas when I was about 3 yr. Mom started me early! I am encouraged to find so many young people like yourself working in traditional crafts and making them new.

      Neki – yes, indeed.


  5. June 13, 2014 1:27 am

    the plus of blogging, coming in contact with wonderful people.


  6. June 12, 2014 4:28 pm

    So fun that you two got together and to show & tell your fabulous and very well coordinated work! I’m certainly enjoying reading your words and looking at your weaving and dyeing and gardening and whatever else you care to share. I’m glad you started so many posts ago!


    • June 12, 2014 6:44 pm

      Louisa – thanks, I think we shared a Catharine Ellis workshop many years ago. Hope to meet again at ANWG 2017. I enjoy your blog, the knitting, dressmaking and gardening. It’s nice to know who is “out there”.


  7. June 12, 2014 4:14 pm

    I always enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.


  8. June 12, 2014 2:34 pm

    It seems we are are all deeply connected to each other in ways we cannot fathom, but the internet has made it so much more obvious. Love your posts and knowing what’s going on in your little corner of the world!


  9. June 12, 2014 10:51 am

    Oh, big hugs! Thanks for playing along with me, it’s neat to see the similarities and differences in our perspectives.


    • June 12, 2014 11:00 am

      Heather – it was your wonderful idea, my pleasure to participate. Now I feel all warm and fuzzy, ready to tackle the world- actually the back lawn (weed patch)!


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