W hat is it that makes us think
...that what we have in our possession
(at the moment)
truly is 'ours'?
take for instance ~
the needlework samplers that hang on my farmhouse walls:
I aquire them from different sources,
both on line and in shop...
sometimes as gifts from friends who know how I covet them
and some I even make myself.
|antique unfinished sampler|
|same sampler as above, close up ~ bottom line reads: 'her exampler'|
what makes me think I own them?
do they not travel through time & space landing in someone's heart for a while,
(hopefully) to be passed to someone else?
I am not the owner ~
...I am the temporary caretaker.
|Eliza Chace sampler in wicker tray ~ |
I want to reproduce this one in blues/browns...
Some of these that I care for are antique,
some made by the talented hands of needleworker-friends...
all are beautiful in my eyes ~
|top sampler ~ Carriage House Samplings design stitched by Olde Threads|
bottom large sampler ~ antique
sampler to right ~ one of my originals.
some big, some small
some in frames
some have damage,
others have repairs ~
some come with notes and photos,
most are what I call
|tiny Memorial Sampler from Kathy Barrick's private collection|
some have thee tiniest stitches,
done 1 thread over 1
with tiny hands
and bright, young eyes...
some made with more experienced hands and tired, old eyes ~
such as mine.
|Little Brown Dog Sampler ~ a Notforgotten Farm design ~ stitched 1 over one on 40ct linen|
stitched for pure pleasure and whimsey ~
framed in old frames or new.
|top sampler ~ original model by Kathy Barrick|
bottom sampler ~ Barb Bobik (Twobirds~Onestone)
Small samplings of linen & thread
that constantly tug at my heartstrings ~
holding precendence in my thoughts and daily routine.
chores first, then onto stitching ~
such as they did hundreds of years ago.
a favorite quote:
God permit industrious angels
Afternoons to play.
Afternoons to play.
~ Emily Dickinson
seeing the past through the eye of a needle....