|Gertie (in red) and Joan Ralph discuss embroidery stitches.|
Her aunts did needle work, and beginning at an early age, Gertie demonstrated an aptitude as well. And she has continued to refine her skills and learn new techniques. Her hardanger pieces have been grand champions at the Atlantic Winter Fair, and she continues to make lace for dresses, tatted earrings, and crocheted necklaces.
|Sample of Tatted Earrings|
|Sample of Crocheted Necklace|
|Gertie's 'hands in motion'|
‘Hands in motion’, Gertie made it all seem so effortless even though her productivity and creativity are remarkable. Watching her, I was reminded of a quote by PBS interviewer, Charlie Rose, who said that ‘knowing a lot .... is a springboard to creativity’. Gertie sure does know a lot – and that knowledge inspires her to keep learning, creating, and sharing. We are so fortunate to be able to learn from her, and we truly appreciate her contribution to the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival.