This teachers page is a bit different than the rest of our teachers pages. Because of the unique circumstances that lead Miriam to our site. Let me tell you a bit more about how I met Miriam and how she became a part of our team.
You see Miriam and I are members of the same online group. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/learningfa/
This is a group of fibre artists who share their knowledge with one another. It is a teaching group. Miriam posted a special pattern called "Emma's Tree"
for the members and it really caught my attention. Not because of the pattern it's self but because of the story behind it.
I would like to share the story behind Emma's Tree Pattern with you now.
EMMA'S TREE.......THE STORY........
My daughter Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 8 months pregnant with her second baby. While she was doing well I was away on a trip and saw a lovely tree made of velvets and brocades, embroidered and trimmed with embellishments.
She was soon unwell again and as I couldn't sleep at night. I often spent hours in my sewing room just cutting fabric........I decided to make a simpler version of the tree that I had seen when I was away.
I made the first one for Emma and so it is called Emma's Tree.
Emma died when she was only 29 years old. Her baby was only 1 year and 2 months and her older baby was just 2 years and 2 months. I made Emma's Trees for my four other children and of course one for me.
The following Christmas I made some for other family members and then decided to share the pattern with fabric card groups that I am a member of........I really loved the idea of Emma's Trees being made in many countries and being in other family homes over the Christmas holidays.
I know that there are trees made in America, Canada, The UK, Norway, Australia, and Turkey and of course many here in Ireland.
I would like everyone to call their tree - Emma's Tree so that her memory just goes on and on.....around the world. She would have loved this story........
If this story touched you the way it did me, then please consider purchasing this pattern, make a tree and make one mom very happy and proud. All profits from the sales of Emma's Tree Pattern will be donated to Cancer Research in Memory of Emma.