Gracewood Stitches, was very moved by the devastation in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami. In response, she`s donated her new pattern, Sanctuary, to anyone who requests it, and asks for donations to be sent to an appropriate agency, for this or similar disasters. Her design, inspired by vintage woodcuts and by the natural world, evokes warmth and home as a refuge in the midst of wildness and uncertainty. I thought it appropriate here for me to use fabric and threads I had on hand, so found a piece of linen that a friend had given to me, and paired it with several DMC colours, predominantly a terra cotta and some blue-greens (although the original pattern called for grays instead of the blue-greens). Each time I see this piece, I`m moved to remember and pray for all those going through difficult times - not just in Japan (and the crisis there is not over yet), but elsewhere - just this weekend, we heard of the Missouri tornado.
The pattern's available at Gracewood Stitches, and you can find out more about Kathy's creative process in her blog which outlines her sources and how she develops and stitches her designs.