I received the following email from Darcia Moskaluk-Rutkay, President of the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada and I just had to share it with everyone here at The Courtyard:
Thank you for your work! I am grateful that you have featured and preserved beautiful embroidery from many cultures, but am particularly thank full that you have included Ukrainian culture. Your work is beautiful! Keeping the colours and patterns close to what would have been used in Ukraine. At this historically horrible time of genocide and cultural inhalation i support you and your efforts to assist with keeping Ukrainian culture alive.
It's easy to think of our stitching as just a little hobby, but Darcia's message is a great reminder that when we stitch, we are not only keeping patterns and designs alive, we are keeping cultures and traditions alive as well, whether we grew up with those cultures and traditions or whether we admire those cultures and traditions from afar. Embroidery is a language that can be spoken by anyone who picks up needle and thread!