Blackwork Cross

Blackwork Cross

This probably is a record for me to complete an entire embroidery project. This was stitched for Anna, and I started this last Thursday, 4 days before her death. I completed it the day after…

Anna always found Blackwork embroidery to be mysterious, and there is something to that. On one hand it is very simple, a single strand of floss that is used to make geometric shapes that fill, and make, other shapes. She did get to see it in progress though, and my rush to complete it means that there are mistakes in the pattern. Some are intentional, a couple are not 🙂 However, I shall not fix them.  Her husband will recieve this as soon as I have framed it properly.

May her memory be eternal!

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Memory Eternal

A very good friend of mine reposed yesterday, Memorial Day, of a very swiftly moving liver cancer. Her funeral service will be Thursday evening, on the Feast of the Ascension. While I deeply miss being able to pick up the phone to call my friend, the thought of her funeral service being on Ascension and during the Pascal season is comforting.

I am also trying to complete a cross stitched in Blackwork to either “send along” with her, or to give to her husband (it will be his choice). I will post a photo here when it is completed. It should have been completed tonight, but it seems the closer I get to the end, the slower my progress. I suspect that is because when I finish the project it will be like another “goodbye” to her. She has become like family to me, and is indeed old enough to be my mother. She is greatly loved by all in my parish, and will be sorely missed.

Please pray for the handmaid of God, Anna, who has fallen asleep, and may her memory be eternal.