Thursday, August 30, 2012

the power of community

last night was the wednesday stitch-in hosted by the french knot. i was so excited to go, as we don't have a weekly group like this in new orleans, and i was unsure of what to expect.

i was immediately reassured when i was welcomed by sweet melinda and the entire group! it was such a treat to be surrounded by such talented women and stitchers. as a woman in my mid-twenties, the feeling of walking into a room without judgement was overwhelming.

i truly enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship around the table. everyone showing their progress and ooh-ing and aah-ing over stitch and thread choices. i found that i didn't make very much progress at all on my own piece, as i was enraptured by what everyone else was working on!

on the drive home, i got to thinking about how the stitching community has impacted my life. how amazing it is that this large group of women shower each other with praise, encouragement and support. when someone has hit a rough patch in their project, there is always someone to offer ideas and be your cheerleader. there is no discrimination on where you are in your stitch journey.

ok, for everyone that hasn't had the pleasure of visiting the french knot in person, i snapped a quick picture of their petei santa tree.

apparently some of the gentlemen were not listening when i said "say cheese"...

walls and walls of thread? you got it!

judy was working on one of the sides for this precious longhorn pudgie, sold exclusively at the shop. this is the finished shop model. 

that's a lot of brown burmilana! go girl!

mary beth was working on this angel that is to die for! excuse the drool stain...

i had so much fun and came away with a new set of stitchy friends! i will always have a special place in my heart for the french knot, it's where i first learned how to needlepoint!

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