Okay, bear with me.
I know this is a blog about hand embroidery, but I am going to take you someplace really great. Grab a cup of tea for this one.
This is a painting by Amy Cutler, called Tiger Mending.
Writer Aimee Bender was so moved by this image, she wrote a short story inspired by it (pdf here). It was originally published in Black Book, I stumbled upon it in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2005. I found this quote from the story painted in an old sketchbook of mine:
“That’s the thing with handmade items, they still have the person’s mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone. This is why everybody who eats a Whopper leaves a little more depressed than they were when they came in. Nobody cooked that burger.”
This is a really short story, about a cup of tea long. I am offering a money back guarantee that you will gain something from it.