This Will Be Our Year (Took a Long Time to Come)

Tomorrow, a new collaborative show opens at Assemble Shop and Gallery in Seattle, and I'm so excited to be one of the exhibiting artists. The show is centered around the theme This Will Be Our Year (Took a Long Year to Come), after The Zombies' song. This is my contribution to the show:

Here's my artist statement for the show:

This piece is about the highs and lows of relationships, and in particular, about deciding to embrace a moment, a year, and making the most of it. I used traditional "Welcome to Our Home" cross-stitch samplers as the inspiration for this piece, since those samplers often have a prominent place on a home's wall, welcoming visitors. In this case, the piece is meant to welcome the inhabitants of a home and serve as a daily reminder, an affirmation, of the possibility of a fresh start, no matter what has come before.

The piece is 10 inches wide--it's the largest piece I've ever stitched--and is done on linen aida cloth. It took what seemed like ages to stitch, but I'm happy with how it turned out. If you're in the Seattle area, I hope you'll stop by the show; it's up until February 8.


  1. This is so lovely! Pondering "Welcome to Our Year" is easier thanks to its simplicity.

  2. Wow, I really love the concept behind this piece! Can I blog about it?

  3. I LOVE the sampler pattern with this message!

  4. this is beautiful! Will you ever be selling the pattern?

  5. Thank you so much for the kind comments, everyone! This project was definitely quite the undertaking!

  6. All of that stitching makes my hands hurt in sympathy, it's so well done!


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