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BY JAN HAAG







VII. GREAT-GRANDMOTHER'S LEGACY


Double strand Persian wool on 14 mesh canvas, 13 5/8 x 17 7/8"
Continental stitch in all four directions
Approximately 47,736 stitches, 1982-87





The colors in this needlepoint -- quite different from my usual palette -- were bought for my mother to stitch a footstool cover. But when my Chinese Chair project was lost, my mother, never having worked on the footstool project, returned the green and gold and rose colored yarns to me and asked me to do it for her.

I worked on this canvas from 1982 to 1987 while travelling in America and India, and while I lived in Seattle, Washington and Austin, Texas.

My mother died before it was finished. So I gave it as a birth present to her newly arrived great-grandson, Natt McFee.

Much of my mother's life is embodied in her colors, and much of my own maturation occurred during the making of this piece: I had left AFI, I discovered Indian philosophy and fell in love with India, wrote over a thousand poems in three year, became a nanny for two exceptional children, Rosa Hughes, and Steven Polchinsky, and learned Xoomij singing from Santiago Villerela. GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S LEGACY, when finished was, itself, blessed by my Guru's successor.

Unlike most needlepointers, I love the challenge of running out of a color. Notice that the wide green border near the edge is a different color on the right than on the left. In Oriental rug making these "differing dye-lot" colors are known as "abrash" and are considered a distinctive and desirable part of the design. Also note that this needlepoint is almost all borders, another effect borrowed from Oriental rugs.








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The Needlepoints

I The I Ching

II The Unicorn

III Green Pillow

IV Armrests

V Narcissus

VI Chinese Chair Pillow

VII Great Grandmother's Legacy

VIIa OM

VIII Octagonal Beanbag

IX Flora and Fauna Beanbag

X Asian Diary #1, Kundalini

XI Asian Diary #2

XII Tibetan Yantra Beanbag

XIII Kalachakra

XIV Eye of Horus Amulet

XV Erika Sachet

XVI Needlepoint-Cattipoint

XVII Palimpsest

XVIII Cantalloc

THE FOLLOWING NEEDLEPOINTS ARE BASED ON THE RHYTHMS AND MELODY OF

NORTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC

IXX Tintal Coin Purse

XX Kaida, Tabla Covers

XXI Tukra, Tabla Covers

XXII Mukhra-Tukra-Chakradar

XXIII The Ten Thats






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