So, why “the independent stitch”? Because there is (sort of) no such thing. Every stitch needs at least one other stitch or a ground fabric to hang onto. Nonetheless, each stitch stands as a unique entity, and without its solitary integrity—linked to similar others, or to a foundation—there would be no textiles. It’s a puzzlement. But each of us is as independent as a stitch, and each of us contributes in our own individual way to the world of textiles as a whole.