#ThankStitching No. 52 with Marie Tretiakova
I had to go to church an hour early so Vic could prep for the play – so I stitched and hung out — and some 9, 10 & 11 year old boys were interested in what I was doing. I explained how I follow a pattern with thread. I showed them the pattern, and they continued to watch – spellbound. Finally one of them exclaimed — She's drawing with string!! #makersgonnamake #stitchersofinstagram
I am thankful for stitching because it gives me an opportunity to STOP in a world of GO! I am thankful I can stitch nearly anywhere I go (soccer fields, swim meets, long conference calls, hospital waiting rooms). No matter why I am waiting, stitching allows the time to be creative time. I am not a huge fan of TV, so often stitching time is a quiet moment for prayer or contemplation or catching up on a podcast. I have stitched since I was a wee girl, and stitching has helped me cultivate a love of giving and receiving handmade gifts.
This world is so INSTANT and RESULTS NOW – stitching stops me and lets me work a project over a period of time & helps me get off the instant hamster wheel of today. I helps me appreciate things that take time, and the craftsmanship of others. Often if I am sitting, working a project and thinking about this or that – I realize I am engaging in activity that women have done all throughout history. In groups or on their own – women have found comfort in the simple act of taking a needle and thread to fabric and making something beautiful. For that I am thankful.
#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.