(photo: Poppies in Turkey)
(photo: Turkish delight in Turkey)
The thing that I love most about quilting, patchwork, craft, art, sewing, stitching, scrapbooking, is how it links us together, as women, regardless of where we are in the world. Australia, Norway, Italy, Iceland, Holland, USA, France, no matter where you go there are women that love their handwork and we all understand each other. I get a real thrill when I see comments and emails in a foreign language or from another country. Often I can't translate them but I love them - they show me that someone else in the world understands me and my creativity. More than that, it shows me that regardless of where or how we live, we are all basically the same.
(photo: A woman making a silk rug in Turkey)
You may have noticed that these photos are from (when I was recently in) Turkey. Well, one of the many emails that I have received since returning was from Nihal in Istanbul, Turkey. She is the same age as me and loves all the craftworks that I do. We live so far away, speak a different language, and yet we are drawn together by our mutual love of handwork. Nihal has an online shop that sells Turkish handcrafts (embroideries, pillows, ceramics, silver, handmade pictures, etc.)
I was just explaining to Nihal in an email, how while walking through the Grand Bazaar I spotted a beautiful silver pendant of the Moon and Star (Turkish Flag) and thought how lovely it was. My wonderful husband could see just how much I was taken by it and he bought it for me. It is quite unique because it is very Turkish and will always remind me of my time in Turkey. Now it also reminds me of a fellow stitcher in that country - Nihal.
Most importantly it reminds me that, as women, we are all stitched together.
I am so grateful that I found 'blogland' because it has linked me with likeminded women all over the world and from all parts of Australia. I have made many new friends, have you? Do you have a story to tell?
Leanne Beasley xxx