Today I stitched 'growth' on the cloth.
It came to me that this was a good time for some of that.
End of the year, beginning of the new year.
End of my beloved class with Jude Hill, at least for now.
But, maybe forever.
So, then, Growth it is.
As the old quote states:
"There are two things you give your children,
one is roots and the other is wings".
Today, that was the thought...
that Jude has given us all such a great foundation to go off and create with.
However, more than techniques, tips and stitches,
she has given us inspiration, community and
the ability to throw open the doors and windows and see the world with
an expanded vision.
We have gained friendships, memories and insights
from Jude and from one another.
Our lives have been enriched beyond description.
We have been silly, serious and sad.
We have shared life's joys and sorrows.
Many have lost loved ones, both two and four legged, in their personal circles and
we all lost one in our large tribe in the world of Spirit Cloth, Dear Herm.
We have embraced one another in these tender moments.
We have embraced one another in the moments of joy
as new lives were welcomed, both human and goat!
Or chuckled when conversations turned ridiculous in wine filled wee hours.
We have shared stitching and stories.
We have shared ourselves.
We have learned.
We have grown.
Our lives are better for having traveled this way together.
We will continue 'just going'.
My deepest heartfelt thanks to Jude for her generosity in sharing herself and for creating this amazing community.
To all of the clothmates I've met along the way,
each one of you has been a blessing in my life.
I am grateful.
I couldn't wish for any more than this.
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2013