Good evening from wintry cold Wisconsin.
At least four inches of heavy, wet snow has accumulated today, making it necessary to break open bales of fresh hay for the four-legged friends since their pasture is now covered over. The dreary landscape made me think about how important our creative life plays in keeping us positive and moving forward through cold seasons, and hard times. I have always loved this verse from Amelia Boyce's sampler:
Her ways are ways of pleasantness
And all her paths are peace
I was also reminded of how certain nineteenth century American potters would sign their work, and include a short statement about the current situation as the piece was finished and about to enter the kiln. I'm not at all an authority on 18th and 19th century pottery, the same might occur on early English pottery. I have seen some pieces signed, dated, followed by a short comment such as "June the 17th, sun shining, birds singing, rain coming."
If you don't keep a journal, it's important to record what happened in your life while you sewed your sampler. If life is too busy along the way, think about recording whatever happened and your thoughts the day you finished the sampler, and be sure to attach it to the back before it's framed and sealed. In the future, it will provide a glimpse into our reality for the owner of your masterpiece.
Every sampler I've made has a story attached. I'd love to read some of yours.
Here is a photo of one of my Jacob sheep, Squitchey, not at all happy about the snow covering the pasture.
|Squitchey a Jacob Sheep|