Thursday, February 7, 2013

Romanian Point Lace and the Kindness of a Stranger

I mentioned before how my Beginner Romanian Point Lace Tutorial is the most popular post on my blog.
It has brought lots of positive feed back, but it also opened up a door for one person to criticize my work, and me, publicly. I don't respond to her, because that is a ring I choose not to enter.
I found out this week that someone called her out on her behavior.
I want to publicly thank fibre artist Elena (Fiber Art etc.), for standing up for me on a Ravelry Romanian Point Lace forum.
It is very easy to criticize some one. It takes courage to stand up for some one, especially a stranger. Thank-you so much Elena! Your kind words are very appreciated.

Since I can't have a post without pictures, I thought I would add photos of my four Romanian Point Lace creations,

the largest is 60cm/24" across
and how they are displayed in my home - 





Thanks for stopping by, and remember we should be one another's cheerleaders! Have a great day!

20 comments:

JoAnne said...

I'm so sorry someone felt the need to be so negative. When I'm visiting in blogland, especially on someone's personal blog, I always take my mom's advice--"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Just because people aren't face-to-face doesn't mean you can be rude. It was so nice that someone stuck up for you!

Heather said...

gorgeous, now I must go look at your tutoral find out more details.

Donna~~ said...

So very lovely! Glad someone was watching out for you!

Lesley said...

Joanne, your work is exquisite! Thank you for sharing. Are those chocolates I see in the blue bowl? Giggle...

Kathy said...

Glad to hear Elena was in your corner and you didn't have to enter the ring!
Your lace creations are beautiful!

Raewyn said...

Such a shame that some people have to be unkind, and great that someone was looking out for you. This world needs more cheerleaders and less knockers. love your work - as usual!!

Elena Dogan said...

Thank you Joanne, you are too kind and generous and this is my nature...Until I came in US in 1989, from the communist Romania, I couldn't have a voice...Now I do, for anyone who wants (or not) to hear...You are so kind and deserving, and extremely talented that stormed the envie of a woman who needed to shine by trashing you...Too bad, I hope she learned her lesson...Please keep doing what you doing because you have a lot to be proud of and a lot more to share....My turn to give you a big hug...:)
Always,
Elena Dogan

Can't Stop Stitchin said...

I love visiting your blog and seeing your work. You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing the tutorials on the Romanian point lace, I would love to give this a try sometime!
Godspeed,
mary

Ruth said...

It's very frustrating when someone criticizes you unjustly, so I am happy that Elena stuck up for you. Whoever it was must not have read many of your blogs and certainly must not have realized how generous you are with your talents. Your lace is gorgeous and while I'm not interested in doing it (it looks way to hard) I sure do appreciate the beauty and the work involved.

Micki Clemens said...

Your lace is beautiful. Just ignore the naysayers! Micki

Carolyn Sullivan said...

Taking the high road is always the best! I do not care for opera either, but I appreciate the singers, and thier talent! So w your lace. I do not care to do that, I have crocheted and know that it would take more than my eyes care to give! your lace is beautiful.
What a shame someone couldn't be more positive!

Barb said...

wow - I'm stunned. Why would someone do that? did you know her personally?
how awful for you.
Your lace pieces are lovely - and your collection of african violets is too.
Good for you for being the bigger person on this one and how nice for your friend to stand up.

Needled Mom said...

I can't give people like that my time to even read their words. Your work is stunning and we all know that!!!!

pearlyeverlastings said...

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for taking the time to share your wonderful talents with us all! I recently found your blog and especially love your quilting posts.I feel sorry for the negative person, you bring so much joy to others by sharing...

Colleen said...

I don't get it? You create something beautiful, and are generous enough to share instructions, and someone thinks that there is a good reason to criticize you? Please keep on doing what you're doing. I think your work is lovely.

Karen said...

Elena - thank you for sticking up for Joanne and being her cheerleader! and also thanks for pointing out how fortunate we are in the United States and Canada to have freedom of speech.

Joanne -- you have always been and will continue to be an inspiration to me! If it weren't for you I would not be Free Motion Quilting or trying new and exciting things. You're the best blogger friend one could have.

Congrats again on your great tutorial.

Hugs,
Karen

Myra said...

Not a clue as to what the negative comment was, nor do I need to know, but Kudos to Elena for standing up for you!! If I had seen it, I wouldn't stand for it neither...

Lovely pieces Joanne!

Cathy said...

You are so very talented and so gracious to share your talent. I for one appreciate all you do. Hugs

Alicia Tarruella said...

te lo agradezco de todo corazón,ya pude hacer el de forma triangular, intentaré,hacer este de la flor,muchas gracias,besitos

Jenn said...

Thank you kindly for sharing your knowledge on RPL with all of us. Much appreciated :). Looking forward to seeing more of your RPL creations :).