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November 7, 2013

by Wilma Lindquist
(November is National Family Month, and the

Fulda Reading Club honors our families with a series of articles concerning aspects of family life.)


The art of making a tapestry dates back to ancient times. They were hung on the walls of churches and palaces to decorate. Valuable collections have been preserved throughout the world and are featured in many museums. During the Renaissance Period, a series of tapestries were designed by the famous artist, Raphael. They depict scenes in the life of the apostles and are now located in the Vatican. As the colored threads entwine, many different pictures develop from flowers and animals to biblical characters and wordings.

Unlike a rug weaver the tapestry weaver faces the back of the fabric as he works and follows a pattern called a “cartoon”. All the work is done by hand with an implement called a broche. He weaves the design into the fabric, winding the horizontal threads around the vertical threads and pressing them tightly against each other.

Just as the basic colors develop a tapestry, our individual life becomes an art form of its own. Your total life is a complex weaving of colors and patterns, which are inter-related. Throughout your life every decision that adds or alters a color changes the pattern that will affect the outcome.

Let's look at a life art form as it develops. At birth, your tapestry begins with its physical contributions that are established by your inherited traits such as the color of your eyes, skin and hair. Other tendencies are present such as height, weight and facial patterns.

As a youth, environmental issues enter to form the way you think and react. By this time maybe some physical imperfections have caused problems or some talents have given you an advantage.

As an adult, the physical and environmental tapestry is complete with all the colors and imperfections staring at you. The colors of the rainbow are shown in their completeness, though some could be beginning to fade.

This is but one feature to a family tapestry - you - and you may add the sunshine or the darkness to the completed picture depicted. One person who can stand out and show some distinction or contribution.

Discerning life's decisions encompasses all of the family, and they should be made with those who love us most. The very young, who are ever so honest in their opinions, to the elderly parents who have been the route already. All of us are present in some family tapestry, and we have attempted to establish your importance to the shadings of your tapestry.

While composing this article, I was reminded of a Louis Armstrong song, “What a Wonderful World”. This describes nature and man in his descriptive tapestry:

“I see trees of green, red roses, too.

I see them bloom for me and for you,

And I think to myself 'What a wonderful world.'

I see skies of blue, clouds of white,

Bright blessed days, dark sacred nights,

And I think to myself, 'What a wonderful world.'

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,

Are also on the faces of people passing by.

I see friends shaking hands, saying 'how do you do?'

They're really saying 'I love you'.

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow;

They'll learn more than I'll ever know,

And, I think to myself, 'What a wonderful world!'”

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