Margaret Atwood on Twitter

Subversive stitcher Pauline Winick presented this modified version of our Fuck Aunt Lydia design to THE Margaret Atwood at an event! Pauline was disappointed she didn’t get a photo of Ms. Atwood with the piece, but she left without opening it. I was looking around Twitter the other day (I’m terrible at keeping up with it) and saw that Ms. Atwood herself had posted this! WOW!! If you haven’t seen Ann Dowd’s portrayal of Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s brilliant adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, she’s deliciously despicable.

Inbox: From Melissa

I’m sharing this touching email from you, with Melissa’s permission, because it stopped me in my tracks. xoxo

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My name is Melissa and I live in Utah. I am 41 years old with an overabundance of serious chronic health problems.

I am going into hospice in about a month. My friends wanted some pictures of me before I entered hospice. I asked for “prop” ideas of what they will remember of me. Several friends said cross stitching…. So the attached is what I chose to use.

I thought you’d like to know that your cross stitch patterns etc are my favorite ones.

Thank you for bringing a smile to my face as I make my cross stitch gifts.