The Thread That Binds Us
I am in the process of starting a needlework group in my community. Years ago, I belonged to a similar group in the Philippines. Gosh, I still cherish the memories of those Thursday mornings when we would gather together at each others’ homes to stitch and chat. It was a unique opportunity – one that enabled me to form lasting friendships while sharing my love of crochet with others. Also, it was in this group that I learned to hand quilt and embroider – two priceless gifts.
So, with that in mind, it has long been a goal of mine to start a another group in my current neighborhood – to provide a comfortable setting where woman can come together on a regular basis to simply stitch and discuss whatever is on their minds.
As the first meeting quickly approaches, I have been thinking a lot lately about the role that crochet has played in my life over the years. After all, I have been making things with yarn or thread and hook in hand since 1979…..ooh, how scary is that!
I have come to the conclusion that there is an unparalleled connection among needlers that transcends time. When I crochet, not only am I connected to my fellow needlers on Ravelry or those ladies from my stitching group in the Philippines, I feel a unique sisterhood with women from all walks of life and who have graced this Earth throughout the ages. As I stitch, I feel an incredible bond with…..
- Quaker women from the 17th century who embroidered elaborate tapestries.
- African American slave women who created beautiful quilts out of their masters’ scraps. These were often used to mark the path of the Underground Railroad.
- Civil War heroines who knitted countless numbers of socks for Union and Confederate soldiers alike.
- Victorian women who perfected the art of lace-making with dignity and poise.
- Irish women who supported their families during the potato famine with the creation of amazing crochet lace.
- Pioneer women who filled their hope chests with handmade creations to decorate their homes and clothe their future children.
- Paraguayan women who grace the nooks and crannies of this hidden oasis selling their colorful nanduti art.
- Indian women who embroider elaborate scenes on their saris, telling stories for generations to come.
- Japanese women who continue to hand sew intricate silk kimonos and pass on the gift of Japanese embroidery.
This list could go on and on. But, I wanted to share my current inspiration. I think of these women with ever stitch that I make. And, I am so thankful that along the way they bothered to share their needle artistry with others so that today a new generation of women can pass the legacy onward.