Boring Writing Assignment? Write About Needlepoint

Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Do all teachers start the school year with the same old writing assignment? “OK, class, everyone write one paragraph titled ‘How I Spent My Summer Vacation.'” I dreaded writing that initial paragraph in school. My summer vacations were typically uneventful, and I pitied the teacher who had to grade so many similar essays.  As a matter of fact, when I taught creative writing to high school juniors, I threatened the students that they would have to write that exact paragraph if they misbehaved!

Well, I am here to eat my words since let me tell you HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION: it featured lots of needlepointing. I’ve already posted some of my creations in previous posts during the summer months, but here are some more I haven’t shown you yet. Perhaps I should tell you in photos and not use words.  So I’ll be quick.

Pictured above this post is my Scarlet Tanager (or in simpler terms – a red bird).

tropical-fish-3
Tropical Fish Needlepoint

This is a rendition of my Tropical Fish 3 design. I stitched and beaded a tropical fish needlepoint.

Needlepointed Tefillin Bag
Needlepointed Tefillin Bag

I finished my son’s tefillin bag.

Bronze Urn With Flowers
Bronze Urn With Flowers

I stitched an urn with flowers design and used 7 mm silk ribbon for the flowers.  I consider 7 mm silk ribbon a delicacy. Some connoisseurs enjoy truffle mushrooms, others prefer caviar.  Silk ribbon tempts me.

In addition, I started a new challah cover in sage and mauve tones. Stay tuned for a post about that piece.

I did not swim.  I did not play tennis.  I did not hike.  I did not take a cruise.  But I stitched and stitched, and it was an ideal way to spend my summer. I hope you did too.

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