Sandra’s Windy Girl.
There was a drawing of hers that I loved: simply drawn, a few lines in ink, a girl with windswept hair and cloak. I asked if I could embroider it sometime, but she beat me to it: it showed up as a gift on Christmas morning. One of the best things I’ve ever been given.
I particularly love the way she combined stitches and textures. The satin stitch has such a sense of movement to it, while the textured play of x’s for the cloak is so effective, particularly without a constraining boarder of outline stitching.
She also painted the wooden frame.
Handmade gifts like this cross boundaries of giving. They are deeply personal acts – an act of creation – mixed with the tangible gift of time and care.