It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I write this post.
My dearest friend and stitching teacher Adriana Valks has died at the age of 97.
Adriana was at stitching Thursday stitching away on a piece and three weeks later she is gone. My head is spinning and I am so very, very sad. I loved her so much. Here she is smiling, sitting at my dining room table with Christin and Judie during a stitching get together.
The very first piece of stitching that I ever attempted was Lavender and Lace Nantucket Rose. It was beyond my capabilities at that time. Adriana said to me "Give it to me and I will stitch it for you. But I will not stitch another. I will teach you to stitch." And she did.
Here is Nantucket Rose.
We have stitched and shared our lives for many, many years.
She and her husband Martine were part of my early life with my first husband. Martine had cancer at the same time as my husband and he was so very sad that he was going to live and my husband was not. My husband was 22 and Martine was in his 60s.They consoled me many times as I dealt with the sickness and death of my husband. We drifted apart.
Several years later I met them again and they introduced me to my BFF Beatrice (Their daughter).Beatrice and I have been best friends for 33 years and I could not imagine my life without her. What a gift her parents gave me!
Adriana and I have stayed good friends and we have shared much these past years. But, most of all, we shared our love of cross stitch. We have stitched and stitched and talked forever. She has become like a second mother to me. I will never put a stitch into a piece of fabric without thinking of her and thanking her for her precious gift.This is one of her very recent stitched pieces.
I will miss her terribly.