I live in Calgary, Alberta close to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, with my husband of 61 years. We have three wonderful children, four grandchildren and one precious little great grandson. All of whom live in the Calgary area.
I have always stitched, as far back as I can remember. I grew up in England and all little girls learned to stitch. As the years went by I fell in love with petit point, especially the flowers. At that time my attitude was ‘Why would anyone do cross stitch? It’s just twice the work!’ I am so glad that we mellow with age. I obviously had a lot to learn.
Then fate stepped in. I fell into a group of stitchers at one of our local shops. I had never been part of such a group before. One night someone brought a poem she had found on the internet and the comment was made that ‘someone should make a sampler out of that’. I said that I would do it. I don’t know what I was thinking? I had never stitched a sampler in my life!
I drew the graph and all the stitch diagrams by hand and someone else graphed the writing for me. Needless to say, I was hooked. The new version of this chart is “A Stitcher’s Wish”. I continued to design new pieces, just selling them to our local shop until ten years ago when I decided to market them properly.
What a ride it has been! Your response has been far more than I ever expected and is so very gratifying. I really enjoy being involved in our local Guild, the Calgary Guild of Needle and Fibre Arts. Being able to share my enthusiasm for needlework is very special.
I have discovered that I absolutely love to teach needlework, and I hope I can do lots more of that in the future. It absolutely amazes me that, at my age, my life is so exiting and so rewarding.
I love to hear from you and see pictures of your work. Thank you for all your support.