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Bee Balm and Other Threads

This is Part 2 of In This Present Moment.

Ever since I was eleven or twelve I’ve enjoyed handcrafting with fiber. Before life became too busy with career and family responsibilities I spent quite a bit of time embroidering, knitting, latch-hooking and sewing. Then, many years went by where I had little time to dabble in any of it.

At this stage of life as an “empty nester,” I’ve had time to enjoy my crafting interests once again. Two years ago I was introduced to needle felting – a fiber art I knew nothing about. I’m hooked and have enjoyed creating works of art which interweaves another of my passions – all things botanical.

Soon I will be revealing my newest form of fiber art which has brought me much personal fulfillment. My needle felted pictures made out of wool depict memories of my parents perennial gardens at their home on the Eastern shore of Maryland and in Vermont.  After a season of care taking my terminally ill parents, with each poke the grief I was feeling came out through each stitch sown.  As I created, I could feel with every fiber of my being my heart being mended back into wellness and wholeness.

Isn’t it fascinating what brings each of us joy? Our interests bring dimension to the fabric of our lives and when we pursue our passions a healing balm overcomes us.

“We think we are nurturing our garden, but of course, it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” ~ Jenny Uglow




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