This particular forest, now just a bunch of stumps on the tideflat, was a true forest 300 years ago. An earthquake in the year 1700 lowered the shoreline in this area, drowning this little copse of trees and causing a tsunami across the ocean in Japan.
Along with exploring the tidepools and the sea stacks and finding agates, I was able to sneak in a few stitches while leaning up against some driftwood.
|Start of Essamplaire reproduction sampler, "Aagie Jans, 1732". Stitched with substitute DMC colors on 40 ct linen.|
The choice of pattern seemed appropriate--it's also about 300 years old-- a reproduction sampler from a girl from the Netherlands named Aagie Jans, who stitched the original in 1732. Aagie lived on the isle of Marken, famous for its boldly-colored and heavily patterned samplers, filled with geometric and nautical motifs. As you see, I'm not too far along yet, but astute readers have probably figured out why my stitching-related posts have become so scant. Such is life, filled with big and small earthquakes.