Patricia L. Cummings
This morning I am thinking of the words to the song, "Let it Be": "In my darkest hour, Mother Mary comes to me / speaking words of wisdom / Let it be." In certain religions, including Catholicism, Mary, "the Mother of God, is celebrated. Over the centuries, Mary has been depicted in many different ways by paintings.
This morning, I came across a letter semt to me (undated) about a year ago.
|"Angel Keeper," an embroidery by Tamara Shpolyanska (photo taken in 2003)|
My friend, Tamara, in Germany, engages in many other needle activities other than quilting. The photo above shows a work in progress at the time she sent the photo in 2003. She was working in a series of three: including Christ and Mother Mary.
She used the Gobelein stitch to re-create these Russian icons. Over the many years that she and I have been pen pals, we have shared many bits of information as well as photos of our current projects, all thanks to a small ad in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine where I saw that she was seeking a correspondent. I responded at a time when Internet accessibility was still very limited to home users. The rest is "history," as they say. Today, Tamara is a certified "Master Quilter" by the International Quilt Association, and she teaches quilting techniques in Germany. I am happy to be in contact with such a beautiful lady who makes such lovely pieces of embroidery and quilts!
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