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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: Rose Chain
By Ruth Neilson


Wearily, Tibby threaded her needle. She still didn’t mind working on beadwork per-say. But, working on it free handed was a struggle. Threading her needle, tying off the thread, and then counting out each individual bead. For that matter, Tibby didn’t mind working on the loom; in fact, it was fun for her.

One, two, three, four, five, six, circle through, and repeat...

Her right hand was trembling, and starting to ache familiarly again. She knew that she should put on her wrist guard, but at the same time, Tibby wanted to get this exercise done. Eighteen inches for this project of the same colors and pattern that was started for an unknown reason. Tibby wasn’t worried, though, the purposes for her projects always revealed themselves at the right time. Still, this was not fun.

One, two, three, four, five, six, circle through, and repeat...

She gritted her teeth and adjusted the tray holding her beading supplies on her lap as she shifted. Her left leg was going numb in her current position. She grimaced, flipped her waist-length braid over her shoulder, and picked up the needle again.

One, two, three, four, five, six, circle through, and repeat...

Resuming the pattern, Tibby found her gaze drifting towards the window and shivered. Snow was piled high in mounds. It would have been fun to play in, but right now, she took some small comfort in the fact that she was inside the small cabin. The fire was crackling and popping merrily and Tibby returned her attention to the beads in front of her.

One, two, three, four, five, six, circle through, and repeat...

Her younger cousins ran in from playing in the snow, changed clothes, and sat down on the floor their own blankets draped over their forms.

“Tibby, I wanna hear a story!” Sally announced. The others voiced their agreement and Tibby sighed as she fingered the thread. It would be something to think about and do while beading.

“Wha’ story you wanna hear today?”

“I wanna hear the rose story!”

One, two, three, four, five, six, circle through, and repeat...

Tibby swallowed and glanced down at the chain of white beads. A rose chain. Her cousins wanted to know why she was partial to roses.

“Fair ‘nough. I’ll tell ya the rose story. But it’s not a funny story or anythin’ like tha’.”

Her cousins nodded seriously and Tibby glanced down at the tray covered in beads. She sucked in another deep breath and began to tell the story.
“A long time ago...”

Tibby’s hands stilled as she drew everyone deeper into the story. The room quieted, all except her voice rising and falling dramatically and the crackling logs. Her normally active cousins stilled as her craft unfolded before them.

As the tale ended, Tibby smiled and leaned back into the couch cushions. Her cousins were still quiet. Wordlessly, one by one they stood and left the room. Tibby found herself staring at the rose chain for a long moment before smiling to herself. She knew what this was for now.

She had a copy of that story in a plain frame...this would do nicely around it.

One, two, three, four, five, six, circle through, and repeat...
The story that Tibby told is the Legend of the Cherokee Rose and it is found at:

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Marilee Alvey02/15/07
You had me t her feet, waiting to hear...the rest of the story. I wish you could have worked a bit of it into the story because I sense that it would be much more touching if it were....and you could still point them to more details at the website. In any case, you certainly left me wanting more! Probably not enough words to tell the story, huh?
Allison Egley 02/15/07
Oh, this was so good. I loved the repeated line, and how it had a rhythm all it's own.

For anyone who may be wondering about the story Tibby told, I noticed there is a link to the story in the author's notes at the bottom, but you'll have to copy and paste it into your browser. For some reason, it's not a clickable link.
Joanne Sher 02/16/07
I loved the line repetition, and the wonderful description. Wish you could have incorporated at least some of this story into your piece, but word counts are cruel, aren't they?
Amy Michelle Wiley 02/17/07
I liked this. The repetition of the weaving added well to the story. I agree that I would have liked to hear a bit of the rose story, and I was a little confused about what makes a white chain a "rose" chain, but I like the tone of this, good job.
Jacquelyn Horne02/18/07
I, too, enjoyed this. I also like the repetition of the counting. It kept the story moving and brought you back to the original task.