And in the spring I took an online design class from Sharon B of Pin Tangle, which was fantastic and resulted in these projects:
|"Bertie" sampler by Needleprint|
|WIP, Renato Parolin "Bosco di Bengtsson"|
"Embroidery must always be considered within the context of the lives and environment of the people who make it."Of course for the embroiderers of Afghanistan, that has too often meant war and hardship.
"The Taliban movement began near Kandahar in 1994 with the aim of creating the most pure Islamic state in the world. Some of its quirkier laws forbade owning stuffed toys or flying kits; the more serious made it illegal for women and girls to attend school, to sing, to listen to the radio, or to work. Without employment and confined to their homes, embroider played an even bigger role in the lives of these women and girls."Wow. Embroidery already means a lot to me, and I will be the first to admit that really, I am amazingly lucky to be living when and where I am-- I work, I play, my family is healthy and safe, I had a great education and have a great job, and my home, while modest by American standards, is a castle compared to those worldwide-- and if most of that was taken away from me, I can only imagine the importance of the small things I could still do to express my individuality and protect those I love, in whatever small way.