Thursday, June 10, 2010

Manly art

Thanks to Lee for resurrecting the SBQ, this time on a monthly basis!! My answers to the June question(s):
Tell us about something that you have stitched or plan to stitch for any father in your life. Maybe it’s for your father, your father-in-law, your children’s father, your grandfather, your godfather, or someone who was or still is an important father-figure in your life. Why did you choose this particular piece of stitching? Tell us the story behind it.

Stitching - or crafting ANYTHING, really! - for my dad is so hard. He much prefers "practical" things like hunting gear over needlework. But several years ago I did find a pattern that reminded me of him - "Song of Peace" in an issue of the Stoney Creek magazine. I changed the colors and paid WAY too much to have it framed....and now it sits on a table with some of the other Southwestern knick-knacks he has collected on his hunting trips.
I don't really know if Dad appreciates how much work goes into my needlework, which makes giving him things like this a bit of a let-down. His reaction is usually one of "oh, that's nice," whereas my mom, who has done various kinds of needlework herself, will ooh and aah over anything I make!

My husband ( a father, too, as of this March!) is a bit easier to stitch for - he sees first-hand how I work to customize projects and how long it takes to finish something. I haven't actually finished anything for him lately - or ever?? - but I do have Cross-Eyed Kat's "Labyrinth" in progress for him. He is a very spritual and introspective guy, and it suits him perfectly. Now if I could just FINISH it. LOL

And because a simple one part question is never adequate, let’s go some more:
Often times we identify our love of needlework and our skills with our mothers or grandmothers or other women. It’s understandable because often they were are first teachers or role models. Now let’s think about our stitching life as it relates to our dads. Is there anything about our approach to stitching that we can recognize as traits of our fathers? For instance, does your dad (or any other important man in your life) have an approach to one of his interests that you can observe and think, “Hey….if I substitute the word “needlework” for “fly fishing”, we’d be pretty darn similar!” So tell us about it.

My dad is a Perpetual Project Starter. teehee He always has some project underway, but it may not be finished for a loooong time! But it isn't because he forgets or just quits....he always knows that there is something there waiting for him. I think this parallels nicely with my stack of WIPs...

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