Maybe that is why I stitch...cooking meals and cleaning the house...and even (dare I say it) raising children is not something that last too long. Meals and clean houses do not last for (sometimes) more than a minute or two. Children go off and take responsibility for their own lives, but really your influence on the world, through them, only last your lifetime and perhaps a little beyond. But a beautiful heirloom is another matter.....I know many of you will say that children influence and contribute long after you are gone, and I pray that mine will. But mine seem to have grown up so quickly - quicker and quicker every year! (Oh dear maudlin again!)
But excuse my total lack of modesty I would like someone to go a Museum (in person or online) in generations to come and see a sampler or a quilt or some cross stitch that I have finished and say "Oh isn't that lovely!!!" I doubt that the little girls ever imagined that their work would outlast them...maybe they just want to get it finished so they could get on with something else. Craft is something that gives pleasure while you are doing it - there are moments when this is not strictly true (unpicking springs to mind) - craft also gives you pleasure when you complete something, when you get admiring comments and when your kids find some forgotten finished piece in a drawer after you are gone - or if by some miracle it ends up in the Sampler Room of the V&A (Well we can dream can't we!!!!!)
I should probably go and do some stitching after all that I have just said......
Here is the link
|This girl could be a relative of mine Jannet Bruce 1775 Edinburgh|
|Mary Donaldson aged 12 1814 Peebles|