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A Brief Update & a Short Break


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Dear Friends,

I’ve received many inquiries about where I am these days, along with inquiries about my mom, so I wanted to post a brief update to ease your concerns.

My mom passed into eternity last Friday evening. She died surrounded by those who love her, with her parish priest at her bedside to bless her on her way. After many, many weeks in severe pain, she died peacefully.

My Mom - May she Rest in Peace

Her Requiem and burial are Friday.

As for Needle ‘n Thread, well… Mom was my greatest fan! So of course, I’ll be back soon!

Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and support for me and for Mom over the past many weeks! Your kindness is overwhelming and a real comfort.

See you soon!



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  1. Mary, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom is rejoicing in her heavenly home and is no doubt looking down on you with great pride and joy.

  2. Dear Mary, sending you condolences on the death of your mother. She looked like a sweet woman. Thank you for all you do.

  3. Mary, I am so sorry. My mother passed away a year ago today. She was 89. I miss her very much, as I know you, and your family, miss your mom.

  4. So very sorry for your loss. I lost my mother in 2012. It’s difficult and heartbreaking. Still is. My condolences to you and your family.

  5. Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. You are very special to the needlework community; I feel like I know you personally, and probably everyone else who follows you feels that too. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

  6. Dearest Ms. Corbet:

    Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    God bless you!

    Melanie May

  7. So sorry to hear about your mother. Loosing a parent is always hard but at least you had the blessing of being with her to say goodbye. I will pray for you and your family to give you comfort.

  8. oh Mary…. sad to hear this news for sure but I am certain she is resting in His Peace! comfortably and peeking down on all of her loved ones…. It is so hard to lose a loved one but Im sure u all have some great memories and mementoes to cherish forever. Im sending up a special MOM prayer now and some for you and your siblings. Just know your family is first and no pressure to get back to bizness. We can wait! HUGS!

  9. What a lovely smile. You speak so fondly of your family, I’m guessing she was a wonderfully warm mother to you all. Big hugs to all of you, and your father.

  10. Dear Mary,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mum. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    God bless and take all the time you need.
    Loving thoughts and prayers

  11. Mary, I wish to express my condolences to you and all your family. Losing a parent is a very difficult time in someone’s live.

    Take good care of yourself and we will wait to receive news when you can.

    Best regards,

  12. Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Having lost both of my parents I have an idea of your pain. Wishing you healing and comfort.

  13. Mary –
    will continue to send prayers for you and your Mom (such a sweet face and warm smile). Take your time, catch your breath and do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself (your Mom would want you to do that).

  14. I’m so very sorry for your loss. You have been such a source of joy and inspiration since I found your website. I can only hope to give back some of the comfort I’ve found through your work.

    Much love during these challenging times <3

  15. I am so sad for you and your family. We lost our mother last year so I feel I can empathise and sympathise. Love to you and yours.

  16. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. In this age of COVID with so many restrictions, I think it’s a real blessing that she was surrounded by so much love and prayer by the most important people in her life. We will be praying for you all that the sweet memories will fill your heart and heal it.

  17. Mary, you have been a blessing to me in so many ways. I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing into eternity, but I also feel that it is so beautiful that you share not only your wonderful stitching knowledge with all of us but also your devotion to family and faith. You are truly an inspiration to all of us in more ways than you can imagine. God bless you and your family in this time.

  18. My condolences. I lost my mom 4 years ago. Her birthday is this weekend, so I have been thinking of her a great deal.
    Take all the time you need.

  19. Mary,
    I’m sure Heaven is better off for having your mother there. But I know it is hard on those of us left behind. I will pray for you to get through all of this and that all the arrangements go well.

  20. I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  21. Please accept my deepest condolences. May your heart be filled with her love, your mind flooded with all the good memories, and your spirit forever bathed in the gentle peace of your mother’s grace and light. With love and prayers, Jane.

  22. I can’t tell you how sorry I am that your mother, your family, and you are going through this dreadful time. And, I won’t send a glib comment that this shall pass. Your pain feels endless. I wish that I could wave a magic wand and take it away.

  23. I’m so sorry for your loss, Mary. May God surround you with his love and the love of family and friends and grant you strength and peace as you grieve.

  24. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Adding you and your family to my prayers. Big hug.

  25. Keeping you in my prayers, Mary. Sending along a few of my favorites to you.
    “On the first Easter morning, the apostles and holy women did not see a ghost of Jesus. They saw him in the flesh, but in a different flesh, as the oak tree is different from the acorn that was its origin. We touch on the mystery of a body, not just Jesus’s body but our own: a body that will express us at our best, will not dull our spirit with weariness and rebellion, but will express it with ease and joy. This is a mystery beyond our imagination, but it is the center of our faith. When we wish one another a happy Easter, we should take deep joy in the knowledge that the best part of us will cheat the grave. Our lives sometimes disguise that joy as weary bones and heavy flesh, and addled brains distract us. But our bodies already hold the seeds of resurrection. We are none of us mortal.” (From Sacred Spaces devotional)
    And these are other prayers that have comforted us:
    Prayer by Bishop Brent on the Death of a Loved One (1862–1926)
    I am standing on the seashore,
    A ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
    She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her
    Till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says,
    “She is gone.”
    Gone! Where?
    Gone from my sight—that is all.
    She is just as large in the masts, hull, and spars as she was
    when I saw her
    And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
    The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her.
    And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
    “She is gone,”
    There are others who are watching her coming, and other voices take up
    the glad shout:
    “There she comes!”
    —And that is dying.
    A horizon and just the limit of our sight.
    Lift us up, O Lord, that we may see farther.

    Blessing at Leave Taking (Celtic Prayer)
    You are leaving us, going where we cannot go.
    God go with you!
    Our hearts are breaking to let you go.
    Creator, carry you!
    You leave us bereft and torn.
    Holy Child, stay close to you!
    We watch you fade, like day sinking into night.
    Bright Spirit, shine on you!
    Keep you safe when we no longer see you.
    Keep our hearts knit in love when we no longer touch your hand.
    Give you songs and laughter
    As you enter Heaven’s Door,
    And dry our tears.

  26. My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother. I see a great resemblance to your beautiful Mother. My prayers are with you –
    May you have peace –
    Barbara Brannon

  27. Dear Mary

    My Prayers go out to you and your family at this sad time she looks and was a wonderful women and I’m glad she was so supportive in your website, I’m glad she was surrounded by her family and the Priest and I’m glad she died peacefully. God Bless you and your family.

    Regards and much love Anita Simmance xxxxxxx

  28. Oh Mary, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother, this must be a very difficult time for you and your family. My sincerest condolences, I shall be thinking of you on Friday.
    The picture you have posted is charming, she has the warmest smile that speaks a mother’s love.

  29. All our love. You bring so much knowledge and joy to so many, and I hope you feel our appreciation and sympathy in your time of loss.

  30. You are so like your mom! What a blessing to have been there at her passing, and to be assured of where (or rather Whom!) she is passing to. May that knowledge and all your memories of her sustain you and your family in this difficult time.

  31. May your happy memories help you at this time. We are here for you, and we will await your return when you are ready.

  32. Mary,

    I am so sorry to hear that your dear Mum has died, but pleased that she was peaceful as she passed away: I hope this was some comfort for you and the other members of the family.The photo shows a beautiful lady. I will keep you and Mum in my prayers.

    God bless,


  33. Mary, So sorry to hear about your beloved Mum, it is such a difficult time in life. Make sure to look after yourself and your family, sending love to you all.

  34. So sorry for your loss. Losing your mom is the most difficult part of growing up, no matter how old you are! Hugs

  35. May the Lord hold you all in the palm of his hand through these days and may you all find peace and comfort in your faith.

  36. God’s comfort, God’s peace, God’s loving hand on your heart and your head and around your shoulders. Losing mom breaks something in a person, and it doesn’t heal, not really. We just get used to that broken place, and see God’s light through it.

  37. I’m sorry about your Mom. She looks like a sharp lady, with a wicked good sense of humour in the photo. And pretty to boot. Take your time dealing with things, I’m sure we will all still be here when you come back.

  38. Dear Mary,
    I will be praying for God’s care and comfort for you and your family as you grieve this singular loss.

  39. I am so sorry for your loss — relieved your mom is no longer in pain, instead enjoying Heaven pain-free. But I know your heart aches at her loss – much love and light to you & your family as you navigate these days.

  40. Bendiciones para tu familia y para ti , gracias por todo lo que compartes ,es maravilloso tu trabajo y generosidad,cariños

  41. Mary,

    Losing a parent is a heart-wrenching experience. Knowing they are resting in the loving arms of the Father brings us some comfort as well as the knowledge that we will see them again when we are all at the Father’s table.

  42. Dear Mary,
    My deep condolences for the loss of your precious mom. May she rest in the eternal happiness of Jesus with whom all happiness rest. God Bless you and your family in this time.
    Charleston, SC

  43. Thank you for sharing your updates with all of us; it isn’t easy to balance a private life with a public one. I am very sorry for your loss and wish you and your family peace and comfort as you mourn.

  44. Losing a parent is so hard, I still have mom but lost dad to a brain tumor. My prayers are with you and your family may you find comfort in sharing your memories of her life.

  45. Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom – it’s so hard, and I know your family is close. I’m so grateful her priest could be with her, as well as her family. Even when we know it’s coming, as our parents’ age, it still is a difficult transition. Be kind to yourself now, and in this year to come.

  46. Very sad to hear your news, Mary. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close at this time. xx

  47. I am so, so sorry about the passing of your mom, but glad for her as she isn’t in pain any longer. She looked like a lovely person, and I know you will miss her the rest of your life. Focus on all the lovely memories you have of her, and know she’s still cheering you on, just from a different place!

  48. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. May your mother live on in the memories of those who loved her most and the lives she touched in her journey here.

  49. Dear Mary.
    I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. Although she will live in your heart forever it’s not the same as being able to speak to her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there, it does get bearable.

    Sue Carey

  50. Dear Mary,
    I am sorry for your loss. Losing your mother, the person who has been with you throughout your entire life, is unimaginable to me. Words are so small and meaningless at times like these.
    She is so beautiful! And, I notice, she managed to coordinate her lipstick to her shirt. A Herculean feat, if you ask me. All in a flattering, vibrant red that brings out the kindness in her bright blue eyes. Thank you for sharing a picture of her.
    My condolences.

  51. Dearest Mary!!

    Hugs and loads of love for you and your family! May you find comfort in all your memories! Blessings!

    Linda Mc L in NC

  52. Mary… You remain in my prayers to give you strength right now as you face the next days and months without your Mom.

  53. Mary, thanks for sharing that beautiful picture of your mom. My heart goes out to you and your family in this difficult time.

  54. Though one among so many, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Beliving in the Risen Lord. God’s Peace and Grace to you all.

  55. Dear Mary,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother’s photo shows what a warm and lovely person she is.

    Thank you for the years of sharing your needlework with us. No doubt your mom is so pleased how far-reaching your skills have been.

    Peace to you and your family,

  56. Dear Mary, I am sending you condolences on the death of your mother
    I am very sorry for your loss
    Thoughts from France

  57. So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Blessings to you, and hopes that your memories of her will be sweet. Take all the time you need to mourn her loss. The blog can wait! God be with you!! Hugs, H

  58. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m so glad you are surrounded by friends and family to offer comfort. Your mom is not really gone, she will always live in your heart. Don’t laugh, but I have found it very comforting, when I’m alone, to have a conversation with those that have left.

  59. Dear Mary,

    Thank you for sharing your sorrow and the beautiful picture of your mom. It is never easy to be parted from someone so close to your heart. My good thoughts are with you and your family now and always.

  60. May your memories bring you comfort, as well as the knowledge that your Mom is at least no longer in pain. You have my heartfelt sympathies. The helplessness in the face of a loved one’s suffering is the worst feeling in the world. Wishing you and your family all the very best Mary, take all the time you need

  61. Hi Mary, sorry to hear of your sad news. I do hope you and the rest of your family, especially your dad can take comfort from your good memories of your mother and the good times you all had together. May the love of family and friends and all those who reach out to you comfort you during this time of intense grief and sadness.

  62. I’m so sorry you’ve lost your beautiful mother. She has the look of someone who will be dearly missed! You and yours will be in my prayers.

  63. So sorry to hear of your loss. May the peace that passes understanding be with you. I pray that the promise of Heaven and memories of your Mom bring you comfort.

  64. So sorry for your loss, Mary. We all lose people over a lifetime, but there’s something extra hard when we lose our moms, even when they’ve been suffering. Praying that the Lord quickly gives you and your family peace.

  65. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss – you and your family are in the thoughts of more people than you know. Take care xx

  66. My sincere condolences to you & your family Mary. The death of a parent is especially hard and so my prayers go out to you, may Mary our heavenly mother bring you comfort. I will remember your Mum in my prayers – may her soul rest in peace.

  67. I will include your mother in my rosary prayer – especially tomorrow, on the day of her burial Mass.

    Lovely photo of her- thanks for posting it. You look like her! Isn’t that wonderful!

    God Bless you and yours-


  68. Mary,
    My condolences on the loss of your dear mother. May she rest in peace. And may your many memories of her comfort you as you grieve.

  69. Being orphaned at any age is a painful process; may memories of shared times comfort you and may peace surround and uphold you and your family.

  70. Mary,
    Your mother may have been your greatest fan, but you have many, many more who are very big ones as well!! We have missed you! I will be praying for you and your family as you grieve the passing of your mother.
    May you be comforted with I Thess 4:13
    Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
    May your grief be seasoned with hope!

  71. I am sorry for the loss of you beloved mother.

    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon her.
    May she rest in peace.

  72. Your mum looks to have been a woman full of love and joy. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  73. Toutes mes sympathies. Votre maman était super belle…. C’est une grosse perte mais elle continuera à broder avec vous au paradis…

  74. Dear Mary,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mum’s passing. Please take all the time you need. My heart goes out to you and your family, and peace be with you.

  75. She must have been a wonderful woman to have a daughter like you. God bless you, Mary, and your family as you grieve. Hugs.

  76. I’m so sorry to read of the death of your mom. Having just lost my mom in May, I know some of what you might be feeling. I hold you and her in my prayers.

  77. Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. She was a beautiful lady. You and your family are in my prayers.

  78. I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. May your beautiful memories sustain you during this difficult time of grief. May God Bless you with strength and deepening faith.

  79. Oh, Mary, I am so sorry to read of your loss. Your mother was beautiful and had a lovely, welcoming smile! I hope you are doing reasonably okay. My prayers are with you. All the best, Caroline D

  80. My thoughts are with you Mary, your mother must have been very proud to have such an amazing daughter.
    I lost my mother seven years ago and I miss her every day. It’s hard but I’m lucky to be proud of being the daughter of a quite amazing woman who touched the lives of many people in our community. There was standing room only at her funeral. She was a firecracker and the strongest woman I’ve ever known. I’m lucky to be her oldest daughter.
    I wish you well in celebrating the life of your mother and you have my thoughts and prayers in your time of mourning and grief.
    Cohe Bond

  81. I am looking for directions on how to do a stitch I’ve done before I used it on wisteria and I believe it was a double cast on but a free hanging stitch
    Help me please it’s been 20 years

  82. Oh my. How wonderful that she was surrounded by family and that she’s no longer in pain. My deepest sympathy for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

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