When I was home visiting my mother recently, she asked me if I would like to keep some of the petit-point embroidery that I did when I was a small girl. Of course I would ! My mother was a talented seamstress, often going to charity bazaars to find special fabric – velvets, woollens and prints – to make clothing for me. Princess collars and polka-dot dresses are etched in my memory. Mom also taught me to bake, to stitch, and to wash dishes! These petit-point pictures are not perfect, but they are special as Mom and I made them together. Mom was my teacher, and a very talented one. If I have a chance to show Surayia my petit-point, she would be very pleased, but she would probably make me redo many of the stitches. She was, after all, a perfectionist teacher.