My sewing machine is upstairs and from the window I see the yellow Gulmohur tree and beyond that coconut and mango trees. There are plenty of coconut trees around us, it is a pleasure to watch the swaying fronds. I see hawks gracefully gliding by and resting on the coconut trees.
While I am stitching, I like to gaze my fill on these. I enjoy stitching clothes and am stitching a salvar kameez for myself. I stitched dresses for my children when they were small. It is so satisfying to create something from a long piece of cloth. I usually stitch in the mornings because our house faces west and in the afternoons, sunlight streaming in makes the room hot. This is only from March to June, till the rains start, and then the weather is pleasant.
I enjoy doing cross stitch. I had not stitched any design for a long time. But last year I started listening to audio books. I started with the Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes, then War and Peace and now I am listening to Don Quixote. They are wonderful experiences. While listening I stitch.
I learnt tatting from my father. In 1962 my father got spinal tuberculosis and was in the hospital for many months. He was confined to the bed. But his hands were free. A nurse taught him tatting. I learnt the basics from him , but unfortunately I never went beyond that level. His elder sister gave me a shuttle. And looking at it I am seriously thinking of resuming tatting.
My stitching over the years has left me with abundant scraps ofcolorful material. It was great fun to cut them into squares or rectangles, join them and make table mats and covers.
My friend sent me this very interesting site,
She is making a cross stitch in her granddaughter’s likeness.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.