Confessions of an extreme stitcher!

In a recent post on my personal Facebook page, I referred to myself as an “extreme” or “rebel” stitcher. These terms most definitely apply to my bead embroidery, bead weaving, hand and machine embroidery. Oh, I’m quite capable of stitching in the conventional way (and still do at times), but there’s a little devil in me that simply loves to break the rules! My subversive qualities stem back to my fibre art days. A week long class with the extraordinarily accomplished embroiderer, Sylvia Naylor, taught me how to torture the threads, just enough to turn them into a garden full …

We must remember to never forget!

John McCrae, a Canadian physician, composed the poem, “In Flanders Fields” on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium. The poem was written, as a reaction to the death of one of his closest friends. According to Wikipedia, “The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day symbols throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, particularly in Canada, where “In Flanders Fields” is one of the nation’s best-known literary works. The poem also has wide exposure in the United States, where it is associated with Memorial Day.” As a child, I was asked to memorize, and recite this poem, during …