WOW… what a topsy turvy week! You’ve been on my mind and in my heart. I hope that all is well with you and yours. We’re hunkered down here at home, doing our part to help “flatten the curve”. We’ve been to the grocery store and filled our prescriptions – and now, we wait. Just like you. There are so darned many “unknowns” about this new coronavirus. But you know what? I have confidence that we’ll get through it – and that we’ll come out on the “other side” much stronger and more resilient. In the meanwhile, I was inspired by all of you to create an online gathering space for stitchers. It’s called “Stitching with Ellen“…
Well, my friend, pour yourself a cup of tea and let me share a little about it with you…
When I first heard about Hearts for Hospice, I was blown away. How so? I’m glad you ask – because it’s the thoughtfulness and generosity of the stitchers who graciously share their love of needlepoint that touches my heart the most.
Let me explain…
began a project to meet a need at one of the local hospice centers. You see, when a patient passes at the facility, the staff places a heart on the door to remind passersby to be respectful of those in mourning. That kind gesture becomes even more meaningful when the needlepoint heart is given to a family member in remembrance of their loved one.
If you’ve never had a loved one receive hospice care at an in-patient facility, you might not understand why this project is so touching. But if you have (and, yes, I have) then you’ll immediately recognize the significance a small needlepoint heart can have.
It’s not something that any of us ever wants to do. But it’s part of life here on this big blue ball we call home. And knowing that someone cares enough to spend their time and talent to help heal your heart in its brokenness – well, that’s the kind of thing that touches me to my core.
To date, more than 2000 have been distributed. The hearts reflect the personalities of their creators, with different colors, stitches, and embellishments making each of them a one-of-a-kind treasure. And when it’s time to place a heart on the door of a patient, the staff carefully selects one from their collection that conveys a little about the life of that person. For example, red, white, and blue hearts go onto the doors of veterans. Flowery hearts go onto the doors of those for whom gardening was a lifelong hobby. And there are even hearts in pastel and primary colors for children. (I know – it breaks my heart to think about that, too.)
And that’s just one reason I’m such a staunch supporter of this project. It goes without saying that I embrace Hearts for Hospice because I’m a stitcher. But it’s also because I know how much it would’ve meant to me to receive a hand-stitched heart when my Daddy died. Sue Hart, the project coordinator, says that recipients continually comment about the thoughtful gesture and the peace it provides.
In fact, there are now stitchers across the globe creating needlepoint hearts for hospice facilities across the US. If you’d like to participate, click here to get more information from the Greater Kansas City Needlepoint Guild.
and this project is just one way that I, as a stitcher, can do that. My friend, Alice, donated the very first heart to the Hearts for Hospice project here in Tuscaloosa. She donated it in memory of my Daddy. And even though he’s been in heaven for 10 years, it meant the world to me. It always will. Thank you, Alice!
So, a little bit later today, I’m going to show you how to get your canvas ready to make a heart. I hope you’ll join me for this week’s episode of Needlepoint TV. We’ll gather at 3:00 p.m. CST over on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page.
Do you know that a canvas designer uses the very same elements and principles of art and design on cotton mono canvas that a painter might use on one of their watercolor or oil compositions? In fact, your hand-painted needlepoint canvas is, first and foremost, a piece of art. But what does that have to do with your needlepoint hobby?
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