#ThankStitching No. 22 with Catherine Thomas

Catherine Thomas



I am incredibly thankful for the peace that my lace making gives me when things are a little hectic. Being so intricate, it allows me to sit and focus on something, to be in a space free from responsibility – just beauty and colour.

My love of the needle arts has allowed me to share wonderful moments with the ones I love. My earliest memory are creating knots and braids with my grandmother with yarns and threads attached to the oven handles and us sitting together, enjoying the threads and each other’s company. I am also reminded of those cat-patterned boxer shorts I made my husband with we were dating (he loves cats!), and the small koalas that I made my daughter and son when I was pregnant with my third child. The kids were allowed to have them while mum was in hospital. They are still cherished toys that are a reminder of mum’s love and a love that they have for their little brother.



Friendship has also been important as we moved to a small rural town when the children were small with no family close by to support us. So with the love of the needle arts, I joined the local Embroiderers Guild branch, full of women who eased the burden of isolation from family and who were brought together with the love of stitching.

Lastly, why the 19th of November, well this is my eldest son’s birthday, and he will be 9 years old. My family is growing, and I have a little more time on my hands to pursue the things I love. I am a geneticist, yet left work to raise my family. So I have embarked upon a new career path, one centered on the love of needle arts. I have gone back to study fine arts, and have begun teaching lace making, ensuring that this craft is around for generations to come and that I might allow someone else to experience that same peace that I find with lace making!



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