This is a picture of a fish trinket that my husband brought back from a diving expedition off the Sinai coast in Dahab on the Red Sea. It was made from bugle and seed beads by a 10-year old Bedouin girl named Laila.
To help support their large and extremely poor families, girls like Laila run up and down the beach in Dahab in small groups, selling hand-made arts and crafts items to divers from around the world. They do this until the age of 14, or so, when they are usually married off, and are rarely seen in public again, unless veiled. But all that is another story.
I have a brief announcement to make.
Like most blogs, Needlepoint Land has been an unpaid labor of love. I hope I’ve succeeded in conveying my deep passion for the art of needlepoint. Judging by the upward trend in visitor counts, and favorable comments that viewers have been kind enough to leave, Needlepoint Land has been well received outside of my immediate circle of friends and acquaintances.
Yesterday, for example, the number of views exceeded by 50 per cent the prior all-time single day record for people visiting this little nook of Irish blarney and stitching. Overall traffic is doubling every two weeks. People are continuing to read older features, posts, and click through the various galleries.
But while the best things in life might be free, it’s now time to refocus on my professional activities in this field.
Look for additional updates, soon.
In the meantime, if you are new, or returning to this blog, please enjoy what has already been posted. There is much more coming down the pike, and it ain’t no blenny (sorry, ichthyology joke: no doubt a holdover from my Museum of Natural History days).
© Erin McGrath and Needlepointland.com, 2012 – 2016.