So when LittleGrayFox offered up her newest Crafty Challenge theme, "someday you'll ache like I ache," my mind immediately heard one word: fernweh.
photo from one of my trips across the country...i no longer recall which one
Fernweh is an old German word, for which there is no direct equivalent in English. When I first discovered it, it was defined:
"a longing for, a desire to return to, a place you've never been."
Wiki has an alternate definition which places it more clearly in the context of this challenge theme:
"an ache for the distance."
So this is where my mind went when the challenge was proposed. I've recently become interested in embroidery, so I decided to attempt to translate the above photograph into a stitched piece.
I left a lot of the details out, and tried to boil the photo down to the just the essence of what Fernweh means to me. A lonely road to nowhere is sort of iconic in my mental encyclopedia.
Some close ups of the stitchery. I tried to stick to a simple gray scale, which was a bit harder than I'd originally anticipated.
I am SO not a stitch-y expert. I am just really enjoying messing about with embroidery these days.