In November of 2011 I received my first e-mail from Adrian. He was in living in Paris temporarily well attending classes at Ecole Lesage. He told me that reading my blog had inspired him to fulfill his dream of taking these classes. He had saved and planned and was living in Paris for 6 months. Over the next four month we e-mailed frequently chatting about Lesage classes and different techniques. I shared with him some of my experiences and also the best places I had found to shop for supplies like sequins in Paris.
In my last e-mail to him I suggested we have tea in NYC when he returned as I was planning a shopping trip there. He replied he would not be able to as his schedule would not give him the time.
In February I stopped hearing from him.
Life gets busy... when I had not heard from him in March I sent several e-mails but had no reply.
In April I received an e-mail from his nephew saying after a long illness he had passed away.
I wanted to show you his work. He completed two Level I pieces, both in different colors then the one I did.
Gold Raffia on the flowers and white chenille leaves
Once you have completed the Level you can purchase additional "kits" of the same piece.
He also made this pillow for his sister. The pattern is from the pattern book Ecole Lesage Chez Vous.
When his nephew advised me of his death he also told me Adrian had asked that all of his embroidery supplies be sent to me. So over the last several weeks I have received two boxes. One containing fabrics and leather and the other containing beads, sequins, and his tools.
It makes me sad when I look at all of the wonderful things I have received from his estate and I must remember he wanted me to use them in the craft we both love so much.