Embroidery is to me the most relaxing of the womanly arts.
As a teenager, whenever I had exams time approaching, I began an embroidery project.
It kept my hands busy during the season, it freed my mind and filled my eyes with beauty.
It also gave me a sense of purpose, a beginning and an end, a tangible target as I was working towards achieving my goals at school. I can surely attest that it worked pretty well.
Over time I began many an embroidery project, finishing some, like a lovely Cherub Angels cross stitch with my in-laws' innitials for their 40th Anniversary that takes pride of place above their bed,
while having some sit quietly in their bags,
like the Wedding Sampler I began for me and my husband when we first moved here, fourteen years ago. It is not coincidential I think, that one of the first things I bought as we were settling here was this embroidery.
This year I bought a canvas from a shop that was closing down.
It is printed on the local traditional style. I hope to do it one day, to remind me of our years in this part of the world. Is it a coincidence? I wonder.
I admire many women who like to embroider and do so with grace and pizzazz.
DMC is my floss of choice. Athough I have also worked with Anchor but very rarely.
I found out that DMC is doing a 3-day course in their headquarters in Mulhouse, France, this coming September. The theme will be Gardens of the 18th c.
The course costs 750 Euros, so I don't know how many of us would afford to go. However, there is a Greek company of the Mouzakis family, who famously is the most loyal Greek tax payer, and they represent DMC in Greece. Now, if they would like to sponsor me, I tell you, I'd throw my hat and go!