And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.
Lyrics from Auld Lang Syne
2021 was a quiet year for me, filled with family and stitching. Hopes are high for 2022 but I think we have all learned that we are definitely not in full control when it comes to the world we live in. I am grateful for all that I do have in my life. While travel, particularly international, has not been happening, I have still managed to feel connected with the people and places I loved.
Through a really great guy, Eric West, who is a real estate agent on Maui who posts updates on YouTube weekly, I have been able to share in the beaches and sunsets that I love on Maui.
When I am not checking in on Maui waves, YouTube also provides multiple ways to view the streets of Paris. I haven’t made it back there yet but maybe 2022.
But what about stitching? I have continued throughout the year to be part of the wonderful network of hand stitchers who follow Karen Ruane. There is a definite feeling of peace and joy of beauty that flows from hand stitching for me. Whether it is creating buttons or embellishing a piece of lace cloth created on a sewing machine, it always helps me to center and keep perspective. My current project is creating a cloth book with pages made from hankies either gathered in my travels or passed down from past generations. As 2022 begins, I have completed four plus pages and hope to add more in the coming months.
Some samples of stitching:
With best wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and kind 2022!