Barbara Pinkham

When I was six years old, a neighbor in New Hampshire where we lived drew a heart on a piece of fabric. Inside it, she printed, “I Love You,” and told me that I could make it a gift for my mother if I did an outline stith all around it. I did that and my mother was thrilled.

When I was in the fifth grade, a lady in our neighborhood got a group of girls together and taught us sewing projects once a week at her dining room table. Then I went on to earn a Girl Scouts badge for sewing. When I went to college, everyone there was knitting, and I began to do that also.

I knit sweaters, afghans, even a tie for my husband on very fine needles. From then on it seemed as though I always had a needle of some sort in my hands. After my children came someone introduced me to needlepoint, and then to counted cross-stitch. I found that it was relaxing and enjoyable to create things – a great source of comfort in a way.

It became a social event. Other people and friends collaborated on patterns, recommended magazines, teachers, classes and ultimately I became a member of the Embroiderers Guild of America – an outgrowth of the Royal Embroiderers Guild of London, and a member of the YWCA Artisan’s Guild in Princeton, NJ.











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