Bayeux Tapestry, circa 1070
Ever since learning about it in an art history survey class, the Bayeux Tapestry has been close to my heart. Not actually a tapestry, it is embroidered linen depicting scenes leading up to the Norman conquest of England–a stitched story, if you will. Hand-stitching can be an art, not only a craft to keep women’s hands busy.
Two of my stories in A Flower in the Heart of the Painting involve characters who stitch pictures. The title “On Eagle’s Wings” actually refers to the eagle cross-stitch the main character completes during the story. In the other story, “Craft Day,” a group of women work on their crafts together. The evolution of one woman’s free-stitching creates a very strange effect on another woman. Find out more about my book here.