I read the Crafty Canadians piece, “Busy Hands, Happy Heart” (June-july 2018), by Baillie Borschewski about her grandfather Bill with great interest. I am a 70-year-old man who has been doing cross-
stitch for more than 30 years now. I started off using kits, but lately I’ve been having patterns made from photographs that I have taken in and around Saskatchewan. I have the patterns created for me by a company in Gibsons, B.C. I have completed so many pictures over the years and given many of them as gifts to relatives and friends. My work is now in places as far away as Sweden, Brazil and England, as well as all across Canada and in the United States. While working on them, I imagine that I’m painting in oil or watercolours, but actually I use a needle and thread. I feel that I am preserving a bit of history with each picture I complete.
“English Gardens” by Bill Borschewski.