Stitch­ing His­tory

Our Canada - - In Your Words - James H. Ship­ley, Ed­mon­ton

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.

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