... Is this nifty article about a woman from Escondido, CA who creates her own cross stitch samplers based on various elements of American history and regional culture. I wish the pictures showed the samplers in more detail - they look gorgeous! I appreciate the characterization of cross-stitch as 'purposeful' - I think that's exactly right.
Also, I found it interesting that yet again a close connection is demonstrated between arts/crafts and culture/society: "Home crafts represent an industry that has buoyed otherwise struggling retail sales across the country, as more people turn to homemade creations in this recession."
Arts and crafts are such an important, elemental, impactful part of our lives - in times of difficulty, we return to them again and again as a source of strength, healing, and connection.