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As promised, my first free design from the series I wrote for Needlepoint Now 10 years ago!
This first design honors my grandparents.  You can read about them below.  I have just become a grandparent so the timing is perfect. The free design is available for download on the right sidebar under: My Family - Download the Series of free designs.

My Grandparents
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From Needlepoint Now:

My grandparents, Abraham, Rita (paternal)  , Moshe and Rivka (maternal), began their lives in Europe. Both sets of grandparents lived a very different existence. Moshe and Rivka lived in a small community and were dreamers.  They believed in the Zionist ideology: the belief in the need to have a Jewish State for the Jewish people. In 1933, my maternal grandparents left their village and their families and made the journey to Israel.  In those times leaving one’s family usually meant never seeing them again.  I cannot imagine the courage it took to make this move, or the anguished parting they had to endure.  Travel in those days was long and difficult and their hearts must have pounded with the fear of uncertainty.  It was, however, their strong beliefs and willingness to sacrifice that led them on that journey towards fulfilling their dreams. 

My paternal grandparents lived in the terror of World War II and the Holocaust. Abraham and Rita were well to do business people and important members of society. When the war broke out, they were split apart. They and their three sons were sent to different places, and ultimately, to different fates.  My grandfather was killed in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.  His son, my uncle Severin, was murdered as well.  At the end of the war, my grandmother and her two sons left Europe for the journey to Israel.   There, years later, their children, my parents, met and made a bond that was to bring their two families together.

The piece I designed in their memory is an attempt to express the different worlds that came together, the mid-life change that came into their lives, whether by choice or not.  The courage with which they built their new lives in a foreign land, all the while still dreaming and sacrificing, is what I placed in front of my mind’s eye when I sat down to design this segment. 

*******UPDATE: Hi all--Genevieve Here--just a note--if you are having difficulty accessing the download, open a google window and use the address bar to go directly to Orna's Blog (ornadesign.blogspot.com). A few people had difficulty but it seems to be the way in which they have been accessing the page. Hope that helps!

Tara  – (May 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM)  

Thank you for the free design, however it won't let me download it or save it. (And it wants me to sign onto facebook instead.)

Debbie  – (May 16, 2011 at 7:03 PM)  

Beautiful design, Orna! I love anything shiny and sparkly. Maybe winning will get me back into needlepoint again. I did a lot of it when I was younger. Thanks for sharing the story of your grandparents.

Tara, it's not readily apparent, but, when you click on the link there is a bar on the bottom of the screen with a link to download. I didn't get anything about Facebook, btw.

Carole  – (May 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM)  

Thank you so much for this design. It is beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing al them!

jhm  – (May 17, 2011 at 2:19 AM)  

I'm with the others, the design only goes to facebook - something I'm not a member of either.

Orna Willis  – (May 17, 2011 at 4:47 AM)  

Hmmm, not sure why that happens. I can't make it happen on my end, it opens up just fine.

charlotte2  – (May 17, 2011 at 7:08 AM)  

Hi, I in the same place as Tara.
Now do not know what to do.

Anonymous –   – (May 17, 2011 at 8:11 AM)  

Hi All--Genevieve here--
Just a note to the few of you who have had trouble with the downloads--we are not, in anyway, trying to get people to sign up for facebook! We are working on figuring out whats happening with it--we have had over 300 downloads so far, so I know that most people are getting the PDF ok. Once we figure out whats happening, I'll post how to access it for those having issues.

Hope that helps!

charlotte2  – (May 19, 2011 at 9:44 AM)  

Hello, I have just signed up to Scribd and then it let me download


Dolores  – (May 20, 2011 at 5:30 AM)  

Many thanks for sharing your design with us. Great story behind it. I do follow your blog.

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