You can't pick a flower without jiggling a star

izzybeth

Maryville, United States

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Reproduction Victorian Sampler
stitched on 32 count Irish Linen

This is the bottom third of a sampler I stitched in between diaper changes.

When I saw the example in a magazine, I fell in love with the design and everything about it.

Here it was, the end of the last century, and God willing, I would be able to see the next century in just a few years. They were optimistic years, full of promise for a new beginning. The children were little, and life was full of possibilities. This piece took me over a year to finish. It was my hobby, and the vocation was raising kids.

This is an example of a Victorian sampler. I do not know the name of the artist who studied many period samplers before designing this one. According to folklore, samplers of the period were represented this way. They had the following:

Alphabet
The Embroiderer’s name
A Floral motif
Year completed
Variety of stitches
Bead work
Gold thread
And a Scripture verse

My stamp on this piece is the quote I heard on a PBS show: Bill Nye the Science Guy had an episode on the environment, and a scientist used the expression, “You can’t pick a flower without jiggling a star,” to illustrate how things are connected. “YOU CAN’T PICK A FLOWER WITHOUT JIGGLING A STAR.” The first time I heard the quote was on a Science-for-children television show called Bill Nye the Science Guy, during an episode on the environment. So many things are connected. Like if you touch a corner of a spiderweb it resonates throughout the whole web.

I love the expression because it taps into so many different areas in our human existence.

Social responsibility
Environmental
Creative
Jungian thought
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Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
~ Chief Seattle, 1854

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