#ThankStitching No. 38 with Anne Oliver

Anne Oliver

Instagram: @lolliandgrace
For me, my needleart is about connections – it’s a link to the past, present and future. I love that I am just one of many modern women continuing a long tradition of handwork, whether it be embroidery, sewing, quilting, or any of the textile arts that require a needle and thread. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the women of the past who left us such a rich history of handwork. In the present, I am grateful that I am able to form so many various and fascinating connections to women all over the world who are not only keeping traditional needlework alive, but who are also pushing the boundaries with very contemporary techniques and themes in their handwork. Needle artists, quilters, sewers…these are truly some of the nicest and most generous people I’ve ever “met.” And as for the future, I’m so grateful that I can be an example to my daughter, and show her that it’s healthy and worthwhile to create something beautiful – that Art and Beauty are essential, in fact, to a happy life and a healthy world. I want her to take that knowledge with her as she grows up, so she knows that whatever creative form she chooses, it’s a worthwhile and meaningful endeavor.

#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.