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« on: February 24, 2008 09:38:20 PM »

Ever since I was hired at NIU, I put down my needle and have been working at my job very hard.  On the 14th of February 2008, a gunman opened fire on campus in a lecture hall, injuring many students and killing 5, then killed himself while I was working on campus.  Everyone in our entire community from the university to everyone who lives in the area here has been affected by this act of violence.  Tonight there was a memorial service.  For healing, as an employee and an alum of NIU, I picked up my needle and I created this:

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008 09:43:34 PM »

I live right near NIU, and many of my friend's parents work there, it's very frightening to hear of things like this...but I'm getting off track.

You are an amazing embroiderer, [is that even a word?] i wish i could get my backs to look like that.


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nice work, and i hope you deal well with this whole ordeal.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008 09:44:57 PM »

Terrific work in such sad times.  I live in Southern Illinois and everyone at my college is sending their prayers your way. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008 09:51:18 PM »

wonderful work!... i did a memorial piece for my friend reema who was killed at the v.tech shootings last april. it was very therapeutic.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008 09:53:57 PM »

I sent link to a friend who attends NIU. I think this might make her feel better. It's really beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008 09:56:34 PM »

That is a great piece of embroidery! We've been talking about the NIU shooting over at Ravelry too. So, so very sad and tragic. My boss was out there at the housing complex when it happened.

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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008 10:15:44 PM »

hey, I work at NIU too- small world, no? what department are you in?

I really love this, what a nice tribute- thanks for taking the time to make it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2008 11:20:54 PM »

I'm miles away in Birmingham, UK, but the spate of US college/school shootings has been in our media too.  My thoughts are with all the people affected.  This is a beautiful piece of work and I hope it helps you & colleagues.
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2008 06:48:34 AM »

It's beautiful in both workmanship and sentiment. Thanks for sharing it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2008 06:49:35 AM »

Thanks so much for making this gorgeous tribute. I graduated from NIU class of 03 and when I heard about the shootings it really took me back. I wished I could have gone to the memorial service and sent my love but I live in NY now. Thanks for helping everyone to heal and keep it up.
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