Pākehā Sampler wherein the Crafter Seams Research: An Ekphrastic Review of Christine Rogers's “The Needle as Medium: Using Embroidery to Speak to Ghosts”

  • Sandra L. Faulkner Bowling Green State University
Keywords: arts-based research, ekphrastic poetry, poetry as response


This poem is an ekphrastic response to Rogers’s sampler. The author began by studying a photo of the sampler, and then wrote the first and last line of the poem using the following prompt: “Start by noting the emotional state of the artwork and conclude by looking back at the artwork and describing the pervading color.” The author considered their own use of knitting as a way to feel connected to kin, and how knitting as a form of crafting is a way to tell family stories (Faulkner, 2014). The author studied the photo more and wrote more lines that spoke to crafting as research method, imagining the artist as researcher as family story teller. The poem is an embodied presentation of the author’s response to Rogers, as poetry is the author’s art medium, words and language their paintbrush.

Author Biography

Sandra L. Faulkner, Bowling Green State University

Sandra L. Faulkner is Professor of Communication and Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at BGSU. She authored three chapbooks, Hello Kitty Goes to College (dancing girl press), Knit Four, Make One (Kattywompus), and Postkarten aus Deutschland (http://liminalities.net/12-1/postkarten.html), and a memoir in poetry, Knit Four, Frog One (Sense, 2014). Her latest books are Real Women Run: Running as Feminist Embodiment (Routledge) and Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, and Practice. (forthcoming, Routledge). She researches, teaches, and writes about relationships in NW Ohio where she lives with her partner, their warrior girl, and two rescue mutts.


Faulkner, S. L. (2014). Family stories, poetry, and women’s work: Knit four, frog one. Rotterdam, NL: Sense/Brill Publishers.

Rogers, C. (2019). The needle as medium: Using Embroidery to speak to ghosts. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 4(1), 127-152.