Designer Laurie Dolhan has volunteered for several years with an organization that helps women and children experiencing homelessness. “It is an honour to be invited to share, and a privilege to be able to contribute,” she writes in the essay she wrote to accompany this design.
Inspired by a project one of her students made, the pattern involves the simplest stitches combining to convey a most powerful sentiment: welcome.
In a year that has prevented all of us from welcoming others into our homes—a year that has been all the more challenging for those who do not have a home—a quiet meditation on welcoming feels most appropriate.
- Light-coloured cotton fabric
- 15 cm (6 inch) bamboo embroidery hoop
- Black embroidery floss (shown here: DMC in colour 310 black)
- Embroidery needle size 3 or 5