It took a while before I was able to fill Laurel’s request for a poodle applique pillow. But when I finally did, it seems like it was just the right one for her. I knew about her two poodles Jasper and Phoenix, but not much else. Just a few days ago Laurel sent me this photo of the pillow on her bed. And an explanation of the symbolism she found in it. It goes like this:
” The pillow has symbolism that you intuitively or consciously put in. The two poodles are Jasper and Phoenix, of course. The repetition of four buttons symbolizes the four poodles who we have had the honour of sharing their lives, the three hearts are our family, always three – Fred, myself and our poodle. The roses symbolize our love of our garden and how important it has been in our shared lives. And of course, you did not know at the time, that we were married on Valentines Day.”
These connections do seem to happen from time to time. I tend to think there are threads that connect us all and sometimes, through my work, I hook into them. It’s always such a joy for me to know that something I made could have such meaning to someone.