My name is Shelly Georgopulos and I’m thankful I learned to stitch as a child with my (Polish/Ukrainian) Grandma and my Aunt Linda. They taught me to love color and fabric and to play with patterns and stitches, but it wasn’t until recently that I became truly passionate about embroidery. You see, stitching was something I did on occasion, but my free time was spent playing sports.
I ran, biked, rowed, skated, played ice hockey, and most recently was a proud member of the charter roster of the Brandywine Belligerents: a Division 2 Roller Derby team based in Downingtown, PA. This year my team won Gold at the D2 playoffs and earned a spot in the International Championships to skate against teams from all over the world. I, however, chose to hang up my skates in January in order to have a biologic knee reconstruction.
Embroidery has kept me sane and given me focus during this transition. I love embroidery because it’s portable, you can create a project for any degree of complexity, stitching is a form of meditation and the end result makes people happy. I’m including a picture of me with my team from last year (that’s me in the top row, in the middle between my friend with the red and white bandana and my other friend with the great tattoos) and a pic of my home studio. Thanks Amy, for putting this project together and giving me a chance to reflect on what embroidery means to me.
#ThankStitching is a series of daily posts (and hourly posts on Thanksgiving) in the month of November in which needle artists from around the world submitted to me why they are thankful for their particular needleart.