Stitch Story 2: Designer Anne Mende of Pumora
Looking at the needlework offerings from German artist, Anne Mende of Pumora, you’ll find this exemplary melding of quaintness and modernity. It’s one of the reasons we were so delighted to feature her tea towel patterns in our Designer Collection of DIY kits. She’s a thoughtful artist, so we were excited when she chose to participate in our Stitch Story series. So without further ado, here is Anne’s Stitch Story in her own words.
Anne Mende's Stitch Story
I have a daughter who wants to participate in EVERYTHING I do. The photo shoots, the computer stuff, the videos, and of course: the needlework stuff. It's such a delight, though challenging at times to break things down to its most simple explanation, but we both enjoy this experience of learning together.
When she first asked me to show her how to stitch, my mind raced. There she was with bright eyes, eager to stick incredibly dangerous (from a mother's point of view) pointy, small needles into fabric. We chose a big heart print fabric and she used the running stitch to follow the lines. She got bored soon, like all six year-olds do, but every now and then she picked it up and made a few more stitches. Weeks later she asked for a piece of fabric to draw her own design—just like Mama does. She stitched a little house for her grandmother's birthday, and I don't know who was prouder—her grandmother or me.
When I was growing up my own mother did hand embroidery, crochet, sewed us clothing, and knitted. I remember fondly a certain cardigan she knitted and embellished with tiny embroidered flowers on the collar. You might think that someone who is surrounded by a talented mother, would learn everything from her, but no, that wasn't me. I eagerly explored this new world of textiles alone, never even thinking about asking for her advice. Sometimes I wonder what would have been if I had asked for her help. Maybe being around somebody who loved something, and seeing the joy and relaxation that came with doing an activity they enjoyed so deeply, was the real gift that my mother gave me. Maybe there is more than the technique and the perfect stitches that we can teach others. Maybe we can connect through our crafts even though we are not speaking. Because we know the secret: the outcome is not the important thing. It’s the magic of creating something with our own hands.
So if your child asks you to give them a pointy needle and show him or her how to stitch—take the time to show them. It's a precious gift that they’re asking for.
Love & Threads,
The DMC Team