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Lovely, Danielle. I enjoyed this post. Sorry I don't get around more often.


Barbee--Thanks! And I understand--there are not enough hours in the day, are there?!


Lovely metaphors, especially the very last lines and I totally agree with 'the act of creating something from linen and floss with a needle gives a great sense of accomplishment, and the process of doing is very calming.'


I must read this essay someday! I totally agree with her thoughts on "I must own it immediately" with regard to special yarns I've found in shops, and I found her discussion of needlework terms as applied to literature completely fascinating.

Thanks for sharing this with us!!

Dorothy W.

That sounds like a very interesting essay! I love how essays can be about anything at all -- and when reading essays I'm always surprised that I enjoy topics I didn't think I would. The stuff about sewing/needlework and language is really fascinating!


Catharina--Isn't language interesting? I'm not sure what other languages are like, but in English words can have so many other meanings--good and bad!
Debby--I know that feeling, too. I took some quilting classes and have two large bin fulls of fabric. I am not even quilting now, but the fabric comes in handy for my needlework. And I have loads of charts and things that I had to have when they first came out...I like how words related to sewing and other forms of needlework can have literary meanings as well.
Dorothy--When I saw this essay I knew it would be something I would enjoy. I need to branch out a little now--you are right, in the hands of a good essayist any topic can be interesting!


I don't do this with thread/yarn but can totally relate to "Must own this" with regards to paper! :)

This sounds like a great essay to read, and I agree with you, I'd imagine that a sampler piece would also tell a story not just a quilt or tapestry. Thank you for sharing this one.


Iliana--I think I can understand that. When I was doing collage/ATCs I would buy supplies every weekend at Michaels craft store. And I love (even still) ArtChix. And with your bookmaking work I bet there are some luxurious things you can use to make your books! I did enjoy this essay--so glad I went looking for something different. And I love looking at old samplers and wonder about the woman or even more often girl who made it!


I wondered whether the author would get around to all the links that exist between sewing and storytelling. I've read about that academically in various places (never one neat, self-contained volume, alas!) and it's always been fascinating.


What a marvelous sounding essay! And I must admit I did at first read "satan" and not "satin" :)


Ha. I too misread that as "Satan," not "Satin."


Litlove--I like how language can mean so many more things than one. It makes sense really in this case since it is all an act of creating. I'm not sure I had come across this before, but I like what she had to say about it.
Stefanie--I'm not sure how I missed this one (though it is the same volume with the Lobster essay by David Foster Wallace in it!), but it was perfect for what I was in the mood to read about. I admit I did a double take on the title, too!
Hayden--It's amazing how one letter makes such a huge difference in meaning! :)

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