#ThankStitching No. 8 with Amy Byrne

Amy Byrne

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I picked November 8th to write about why I’m thankful because today is my mom’s birthday, and my love of creating started with her. {Happy Birthday, Mom!!} My mom is a very creative person, and I grew up with her making clothes, home furnishings, and decorations in a variety of styles.

My earliest memory of sewing with my mom is when I was four or five years old. She sewed halter tops out of scrap fabric for my friend Jenny and me. Jenny’s had an applique J, and mine had an applique A. I remember being so proud of “helping” her, and wore the halter top every chance I could get.

My mom instilled in me a lifelong love of making, in particular needlearts. Embroidery has become more than just a craft to me. I’ve met people from around the world both in person and virtually. I’ve become a part of a large community of artistic people and made some fantastic friends. I appreciate the camaraderie and community embroidery has brought me which has been so important to me since moving away from my hometown six years ago.

Embroidery has also offered me fantastic opportunities, for which I’m thankful. I’ve been in three art shows, sold my embroidery at markets and online, created custom pieces for people, became a contributor to Feeling Stitchy, and collaborated with companies.

I have enjoyed being the curator of #ThankStitching and curating and collecting the stories of fellow needle artists. Like my monthly series Backside of the Hoop, it’s allowed me to craft friendships and read the stories of other needle artists. If there are needle artists out there reading this, I’d love to collaborate in other ways – just send me an email!

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#ThankStitching is a project to collect and curate the reasons why stitchers worldwide are thankful for their particular needleart. Look for daily posts in November with hourly posts on Thanksgiving Day.