Having completed my first crewel embroidery project at age eight-see photo, creative endeavors have been a common thread through out my life. I was taught and inspired by my mother, Joan Patterson-Lowry and my aunt, Loretta Martin-Patterson. Both of these ladies practiced various forms of needle arts. Mom embroidered, crocheted, quilted and sewed. My aunt Loretta was an accomplished knitter among other talents. She taught me to knit when I was in my early teens- a craft I have recently re-embraced.