J is for Japanese Embroidery as shown in the Brooke's Book's Stitcher's Alphabet piece I am stitching for the Alphabet Club SAL:
I found this lovely quote on a website dedicated to Japanese Embroidery:
"The embroidery not only reflects the state of the inner heart, but it also reveals the embroiderer’s lifestyle in the way he or she selects colors and uses the various techniques. There is no way that a vague and superficial life will create work that will touch people’s hearts."
If you think about our stitching, the pieces which are a journey or have a personal meaning are the most interesting ones to blog about and which attract the most comments. Both of my first two pictures have a story behind them which elevate them to something more than simply attractive decorations. One was a gift for a friend, as part of a group project for her church and the other was a gift from a friend, a connection across the ocean. A friend who could do with some prayers right now, so say a quick one for Shirlee please. I'm keeping my fingers crossed her new house works out, which is making stitching difficult!
Here are two Joyful pieces: