Today is apparently World Embroidery Day, and its being celebrated by All One Thread with tales from around the world.
This was my submission (with a new photo):
I am from Ireland and this is my favorite embroidery that I have ever
done. It is wool crewel based on a design by Inspirations Magazine.
However, that's not why I love it.
I love this embroidery
because it reminds me of so much that I've lost and how much I still
have. The day I started this piece, my home town was in the middle of a
massive forest fire that burned 48,000 acres in Northern New Mexico. I
was half a world away in my new home of Ireland and an emotional wreck,
worried about my family, my home, the beautiful forests I grew up in.
I worked on the blanket for the entire time that the fire
was burning and then put it away. For a while I didn't think I could
finish it because every time I picked it up it reminded me of the fire
and how much we had lost in it. I considered giving it away to someone
else so I wouldn't have to see it and the memories that it brought back.
I picked it back up and finished it and realised there was no way I
could give it away. I may have started this embroidery during one of the
worst weeks of my life, but the embroidery also brought me back from
those depths. Now, I see the warmth it gives me, the relief that
everyone was all right, and all the work I did to get back from the dark
places that fire took my mind.
I love this blanket. I use it almost every day. It reminds me to be strong, and that good times will come once again.