#ThankStitching No. 45 with Jessica Pambianco

Jessica Pambianco

Instagram: @ladyjanelongstitches

I taught myself to embroider when my boys were very young and very active. I found myself lost in the monotonous meal planning, nap scheduling, tantrum extinguishing, self denying days of stay at home motherhood. I bought a pattern off of the Internet and was immediately hooked, I never even finished that pattern, I was flooded with ideas of hoops I could create on my own. Embroidery was portable and was a medium I could pick up and put back down in an instant with no harm done. I felt rejuvenated, alive with possibility, and sparked with a creative fire that I had not taken the time to tend to for so many years.

Embroidery let me rediscover -me- as a separate entity with a vision and talent that I now nurture and relish. I’m especially thankful because once I taught my adult daughter how to embroider, she loved it too! We would sit together for hours and hours lost in our handwork and dreams. We soon became business partners and it created a new bond between us, sort of like an embroidered knot, that ties us together with love, friendship, and purpose.


#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.