tea towel from my great-great grandmother Elizabeth Gardener Amory and thread. 28 x 17 inches.
When we cleaned out my grandmother’s house, no one wanted the neatly folded tens of tea towels. Because I am me, I said yes. They remind me of my grandmother and of family. I have preserved and uplifted this lowly tea towel and the letter “A” by spontaneously writing every positive or interesting word I am attracted to that begins with that letter. One day, I will learn to hand embroider, but because I cannot, I used the sewing machine to write out words. Amory is my middle name. It is also the family name of my great-grandmother, who died in a horse accident, leaving behind my grandmother and her two brothers, aged 1, 2, and 3.