Beth recently purchased the Portal Rug canvas by Jim Stratton. When she received it, she wrote to us and the following is part of what she wrote and asked us to post:
"In the last three years both of my parents died. While my Dad was still alive and terminally ill I began needlepoint again after many years of not doing it. I would take whatever canvas I had with me to the hospital and stitch beside his hospital bed every night. It was a way to keep me sane.
When I called Art Needlepoint Doreen and I got into a conversation about the healing effects of stitching. We both agreed that there's a little Yoga in Needlepoint.
As a Yoga instructor I found this insightful, though I look at it differently now that I have begun such a large canvas as a rug canvas. I see myself in my mind's eye diligently working and each night I gradually surrender the hectic day to my hands.
Though this rug will be a challenge, I find that needlepoint, more than my yoga, has taught me to treat each precious moment as if it's the most important thing. I feel Mr. Stratton's hand on my hand.
I see my parents watching me as I stitch to complete what has become a metaphor. My dad was a boatsman. He loved the ocean, deep sea fishing and feeling the sun and salt air. We spent many happy times on his various boats over the years.
Portal is a window into this world. I meditate on life when I stitch it. Thank you so much"
To see the Canvas Beth is working on click on Portal Rug