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wellofdreams
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(10/13/05 3:06 am)
The last stitch?
Hia :)

I remember a story I read as child, in which a mother was teaching her daughter to embroider. The mother told the daughter to always leave the last stitch undone. Of course the daughter doesn't listen, finishes all the embroideries, and they all come to life!

Does anyone know what this story was called, and who it was by, as I can't recall?

Many thanks,

Catherine x

wellofdreams
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(10/14/05 5:47 am)
Re: The last stitch?
bump :)

Writerpatrick
Registered User
(10/15/05 9:55 am)
Re: The last stitch?
I don't think you give enough info to say exactly which story it is, but there is a tradition in First Nation's art not to leave it imperfect. I'm familiar with it from the book CYBER WAY by Allan Dean Foster which involves Navajo sand paintings. So you might try searching in that direction.

GailS
Unregistered User
(10/15/05 4:36 pm)
Errors in Quilts
When I was learning to quilt, I was told that the Amish left a planned error in their quilts, because only God could create perfection. Iíve heard it many times over the years, but never from anyone Amish. Iíve never been able to confirm the story.
GailS

Crceres
Registered User
(10/16/05 3:07 pm)
Re: Errors in Quilts
There's a Chinese story (I think it's Chinese) about a boy who is given some brushes and the warning to leave the paintings unfinished. When a drop of ink falls and completes a picture of a crane, the crane comes to life and flies off the page. I can't remember how it ends, though--anyone know?

Writerpatrick
Registered User
(10/17/05 11:54 am)
Re: Errors in Quilts
I don't know the Chinese story, but it reminds me of an animated special done a while back called "The Magic Paintbrush", hosted by Ronald McDonald. That story, possibly based upon the Chinese one, involved the boy being taken prisoner so he could paint a fleet for a king and saved himself by creating a storm to sink the ship the king was on.

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