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Community Stitch Story: Teresa Watson

Le 11 January 2017
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    Community Stitch Story: Teresa Watson

    As many of you know, in late 2016 we began publishing our Stitch Stories series. Some of our favorite designers participated—sharing their first memories of learning how to stitch and how the needle arts have impacted their lives. As stitchers, we understand that this art form is more than just the sum of its supplies (ie: the tools, the thread, the pattern, etc). For many of us, it is the reinforcement of a family tradition, a way to honor those who have come before us, and a way to pass along a tangible memory that can flourish for generations to come.   Recently fellow stitcher, Teresa Watson, emailed us a story that fit so naturally in our Stitch Stories series that we just had to share it. Her moving tale is below.   [caption id="attachment_6034" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Teresa Watson's award-winning embroidery work. Teresa Watson's award-winning embroidery work.[/caption] In the spring of 2014 I began stitching a project from scratch, no patterns, just a poem written by a family member as my ‘base,’ and my memories of our family farm in Meade County, Kentucky.  My mother’s family settled this piece of land in Stith Valley, KY in 1804 and have been on the land ever since.  My cousin wrote a poem to commemorate the occasion.  I heard the poem some years later in 2012 as it was read during the funeral service of another cousin.  I knew then and there I needed to commit this sentiment to cloth.  I began.  The finished size is 24” x 24” and it won Best of Show at the Indiana State Fair in 2015.  I am so, so proud of it.  And, if it weren’t for so many colors of ‘green’ in the DMC pallet the piece would not have come out as gorgeous as it did!   It took a very long time to stitch but I found refuge in the stitching and in the planning, and especially in the flood of memories triggered by the images.  Our family reunions are held on this farm every 4th of July.  For so many months it was my soul and my happy place.  I never intended to enter it into any competition but with urging from family and friends it was entered in to my county’s open show and won the Grand Sweepstakes in that competition and then on to the Indiana State Fair where it won Best of Show. [caption id="attachment_6033" align="aligncenter" width="800"]A close up of Teresa Watson's award-winning embroidery work. A close up of Teresa Watson's award-winning embroidery work.[/caption] I have attached a photo of “The Hill”.  At the bottom of the needlework is a superimposed photo of the real location, which was one of my patterns.  The narrative that was entered along with the needlework was 6 pages in length and explained the project.  It is quite a history.  But, it swept me back to my roots and my heritage and most of all, of Mother and my grandparents.  And, did I mention—at the top of that big hill is a very, very old graveyard.  Until June 2, 2012 there had not been a burial on that Hill in over 125 years.  On June 2nd we interred 1 set of ashes and scattered another set of two of my mother’s cousins.  But, later that year we lost my brother who lived in Missouri and another cousin who was one of the 3 owners of this farm (along with his sisters who survive).  On July 3rd and 4th of 2013 we scattered the ashes of my brother and my cousin in that graveyard.  The farm holds my soul as well, as the needlework hangs in the house and will as long as the farm is in the family. [caption id="attachment_6032" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Teresa Watson's award-winning embroidery work along with a photo of the farm to which the work refers. Teresa Watson's award-winning embroidery work along with a photo of the farm to which the work refers.[/caption] Somehow, I thought someone at DMC would like my story. Thanks to Teresa for sharing! Love and Threads, The DMC Team

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