Why Connecting To The Past Is Important To Me

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I have always been drawn to old things. It is as if they whisper a story to me of the past. As a creative I am particularly fascinated with made items and the instruments used to create them. It matters little if I knew the maker or not.

Recently I was thinking on why it is I am so drawn to these things. I have not fully answered that question but what I have arrived at for now has more to do with my own work than I originally thought. I believe we are created with purpose. Part of my purpose is to create things. These things that I create are little love songs from my soul. I know one day I will pass but likely my work will remain and the pain of thinking of it ending up in a dumpster or the back dirty corner of a goodwill hurts. So, when I run across the needlework of those that have gone before me, I take the time to admire what they have done and wonder a little bit about them, whoever they were and why they made what they made. I connect with these strangers and they become part of my work. Sometimes I bring their work back to my home.

The above sewing machine was pulled out of a dumpster. The bobbin was full and the needle threaded. I wonder what it sewed last? Below are a few of the rescues that have been distributed around my home. What have you rescued lately and why?

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  1. I recognize the framed geometric as a Maggie Lane. What a fun piece to find! I can’t say I I have run into much cast off needlework, though I have seen a spectacular 2′ by 5′ cross stitch on linen wall hanging from a Gerda Bengtsson book (ca. early 1960’s) but it was in an antique store with a hefty price tag attached!

  2. My husband found the Maggie Lane at a goodwill a few years ago and the rest came from thrift stores and tag sales. Etsy also has tons of old needlepoint and some of it is fairly inexpensive.

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