This guardian angel, cross stitched on 32 count natural linen using 47 different colors of floss, metallic threads, and beads, was designed by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum (1998) and is titled “In the Arms of an Angel.” The angel's face and arm are done over 1 thread, as is the infant's head. This allows for enhanced shading effects and detail of features. The remaining portion of the design is done over 2 threads. As a devotee of Ms. Leavitt-Imblum's work, I have an extensive collection of her designs. Completing one of her angels takes many hours spanning several months (and in one case, 2 years) time but the end result speaks for itself.
Soon after I selected “In the Arms of an Angel” as my next big cross stitch project, several children we know – ranging in age from 2 to 15 years -- were diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. About this same time, my youngest daughter had an assignment to write a haiku-style poem. Haiku poetry has three lines with five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables respectively. From helping her with her homework, my own first attempt at haiku developed and accompanies this needlework piece.
Medical and technological advances offer hope in the form of a myriad of treatment options. Nurses offer care, compassion, and companionship to all of their patients. Their presence is especially blessed as they care for ill and frightened children on the night shift. It is comforting for us to envision that we are not alone; that the guardian angels are looking after each child as well.