My Introduction to Native Design

In August of 1978 I gave birth to a pair of twins, a boy and a girl. Once the children were around half a year I needed something to take my mind off taking care of them while they were napping. That’s when I remembered a page from a magazine I had cut out in Canada, where I had seen native american designs embroidered on a grey utility blanket.

Native Design original utility blanket embroidery

Native Design original utility blanket embroidery

Originally I had felt very drawn to it and now had the urge to do something with it. I sat down with graph paper and drew the design,  translating it to be used with a cross stitch. Then I bought rug canvas and thick, heavy wool and a thick sewing needle. I don’t remember how long it took me to finish the project, but I am very pleased with the finished result and I have always proudly displayed it, suspended on a curtain rod from the wall.

Native Design Cross-stitched wall rug

Native Design Cross-stitched wall rug

Now it is 1998, twenty years later and again I felt drawn to this design. This time however I have recreated it with the computer using Microsoft’s Image Composer.

Native Design computer graphic

Native Design computer graphic

 


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