At the time, there were five of us who spent a good deal of time together. She gathered together the other three, each of whom I'd taught to needlepoint, and told them they should make something for me.
Priscilla found a chart with three fairies, isolated one and painted the canvas onto Penelope canvas (14/7 count). They split up the work according to who had the time. It was passed back and forth, occasionally with a 3 a.m. drop off or a FedEx overnight shipment. In the middle of it, Jody had laser-eye surgery which was remarkable as she did all the 7 ct. petite point for the face, hands and feet.
One day, post Jody's eye surgery, she was at my place when Georgianne called. "What are you doing?" "Jody's here and we're stitching." "Jody's stitching? She can see?" said Georgianne with a slightly odd tone. At one point I asked Georgianne if I had done something to offend everyone as no one would play with me. She called the others and told them one of them "Do something with her." Remember that I had no idea this was going on.
They had scheduled my celebration for High Tea at the Ritz. They also literally finished the piece, took the photo which became the cover of the card, Priscilla calligraphed the quote:
It is as
- Douglas Terrold
signed the card, wrapped it and picked me up. To say I was surprised and that many tears were shed would be an understatement.