At the pop-up this season there was a total of 24 midwest doily's for sale that I had commissioned for the shop. I posted some images online and sold a few to folks out of town. One piece I sold was to Daniel Arnold, who happens to be father of Sofia Arnold (our current mural artist at the Sky High Gallery pop-up) and husband to Susan Johnson, owner of Avalanche Looms, whom I blogged about this past September.
A few weeks after shipping his order I received an email from him with these two photos and the following story [reprinted with permission].
Faythe-I hope you don't think this is to corny- I was seeing this headed to my parents home, and they, although not living in the midwest, are the essence of it. Sort of a roots reminder for them this Christmas. I stripped and refinished then recut a walnut thrift store frame, stitched the crochet piece to a backing of antique wallpaper that survived the fire in my shop, and put it behind a crazy wavy piece of antique glass, my favorite. Every pane of glass in our old house is wavy, the ones that were clear I replaced with old. Maybe that is part of how Sofia learned to see the world in a different way.
I'm quite happy you had the inspiration to commission the work.
A bit touchy to photograph with the beautiful bright day outside.
My summary: this email and story made my month and what an amazing family full of inspiration. Thanks Daniel.