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Timothy Johnson and Rainbows for Peace and Comfort

Meet Timothy Johnson

This story is a feature story on a fantastic gentleman that became a member of my Facebook group Cross Stitch Club sometime early last year. This story tells about a man who had a vision to reach out using the art of cross stitch to provide peace and comfort to those suffering from a great tragedy.  Read on to see how you can help him achieve this great vision and help him bring peace with his cross stitch charity project.

His name is Timothy Johnson and he is from the Sunshine state we all know as Florida.  He is one of the most upbeat and happy go lucky people I have had the pleasure of meeting.  I asked him to write me a little bio about himself and you will find that below the picture.

This is Tim.

Tim

About Me by Timothy Johnson

I started Stitching at the age of 14 after I was hospitalized from an accident. The nurse was always stitching and one day I said to her, “Would you show me how to do this?” She agreed and the very first piece ever went to my mom (which is a horse’s head and still hangs in the nursing home today).

Thirty-one years later, the mission of stitching for the wall of the nursing home has changed into stitching to help heal hearts.

My first charity donation went to Sandy Hook Elementary,  which consisted of 27 pieces.  Since then, my eyes have opened to more donations to do my small part in helping. With Rainbows For Peace and Comfort, my personal goal is 123, of which 104 are complete.

Being a flight attendant for almost 20 years is a great way to show the world our wonderful skills and talents. It is a blessing to show the beauty of what cross stitching is and can become again as we reinvent what and how we stitch.

Using our imaginative minds to create is a blessing. It allows us to find the balance in life so we can keep the kindness and love flowing towards one another.

All the support during this past year and a half has made me even more of a passionate stitcher.  Thank you all…Hugs Timothy

 

Tim: The Inspirer of Good Cheer

Not long after I met Tim, he signed up to help with my Ronald McDonald House Project (if you have not heard about this project yet, please feel free to read about it here and if you can help, I would greatly appreciate it!).  He stitched two of the designs and delivered them to 2 of the Florida RMH’s.

Since I met Tim, he has made me laugh so many times with his antics and his stories of his escapades of flying all over  God’s creation.  If I ever need a smile put on my face, I just hop on over to his Facebook page and I am guaranteed there will be something there that will brighten my day!  This world definitely needs more Tims in it! LOL

Here are a couple pictures to show you what I mean.  Who wouldn’t want to smile at these pictures? I mean come on, he’s funny! LOL

Tim flying

One of the comments on this photo on his facebook page was how funny it would be to see a video of him getting up and back down from there! LOL

And then there is this one.  I bet he is a hoot to go shopping with, ya think?

And then there are the pics he shares on his journeys across the skies like these:

Just simply amazing and beautiful, aren’t they?

One last picture before I get into really why I have chosen to do a feature story on Tim.  Here is a picture displaying the bag I made for him that was gifted to him by his friend Kyla (his partner in crime…errr, I mean..well..you’ll see in a few minutes who Kyla is as I get on with the story).

Seeing this posted on his Facebook page made my day brighter for sure..I love it when I see people enjoy my crafty creations. Please be sure to check out my Crafty Creations page here if you have not already. There is lots of good stuff and I am always trying to think of something new to make our stitching even more fun!

Rainbows for Peace and Comfort

Ok, so here is the REAL story!  I am sure you all recall the horrific tragedy that happened on June 12th, 2016 at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando, FL.  Forty-nine people were killed and 53 others wounded in this senseless act of hate against gays.  In Timothy’s words, “49 angels went to heaven that day”.

The next morning after learning of this tragedy, Timothy’s mind went into overdrive and he thought, “We need to do something to help these families that lost their loved ones, the survivors as well as the first responders.”

He knew that a memorial and tribute of this size was going to take an army of angels and stitchers from around the world. Sharing an art as beautiful as what cross stitch is has the ability to aid in the healing of those that need the support and need to know that others do care.

He went to work on looking for designs and colors to begin putting together his vision of bring comfort and peace.  He then contacted his good friend Kyla.  Kyla had started a similar project for the tragedy of the Sandy Hook Massacre so Tim knew that Kyla would be the best person to help get this up and running.

And the Project Began

With much deliberation, Timothy came up with the colors of black and white to be used for the fabric.  The floss colors were those that matched the color of the rainbow with this being his reason for that, “The rainbow is the Bridge To Heaven to me. When a terrible storm passes we always look to the heavens for that rainbow, for that moment of calm and peace and to know the worst is over. ”

Kyla created a Facebook group called Rainbows for Peace and Comfort (please feel free to join this awesome group and help their cause!)

The first square that Timothy stitched was this rainbow butterfly by Climbing Goats Design.

Edward Sotomayor Jr was the first name to be stitched on this design in memory of his passing.  As more people became aware of the project and jumped onboard to help, this design ended up selling out.

Timothy reached out to the store owner on Etsy that was selling this pattern and explained the project and how they were using her beautiful pattern.  She was very touched and graciously made more copies available immediately.

Tim reached out to other cross stitch companies such as DMC, Design Works, Weeks Dye Works, and many more Etsy store owners and shared the pictures and information of where their design will be heading. These companies were very touched by Tim’s story and were more than willing to donate patterns to contribute to this worthy cause.

Here are just a few out of MANY designs that have been done by members from around the globe to honor these victims, surviors and first responders.

Many designs are custom creations from the imagination of these creative stitchers.  Timothy himself has come up with so many brilliant and creative designs (around 70 or so designs have come from his imagination).

Ending Goals

So here is the breakdown of how many stitches will be done and how they will be used. There were 49 lost, 53 survived, and 21 first responders and city department who have supported the families all the way durning this healing process.  A total of 123 quilts are being put together, each with 9 stitched designs on them.

This equals the need for 1107 stitched squares.  So far, Tim has received 875 works of art, 105 of which have been completed by him.  Another member, Gwenda, has completed 188 (simply amazing..just a stitching machine! LOL).

What started off as one person’s vision has now become a group of 775 members all supporting love and peace.  They have all come together to show how the world can be changed one stitch at a time!

After all 1107 stitched pieces have been delivered to Tim and the quilting phase begins, this chapter for the Pulse project will come to a close.  Tim and his group of stitching angels will then be turning their focus on starting a new chapter to help the families and first responders of the Las Vegas shooting that took place in October of 2017.

So as you can see, cross stitching for many is much more than just stitching for fun.  The beauty of this art can be used to bring cheer and heal hearts.  I hope I have been able to inspire you to want to come join this army of stitching angels.

If so, then please go to the Rainbows for Peace and Love group now and request to join (you can also go to the group by clicking on the image below).  But if not, then I hope I have at least given you a different perspective on an art that many say is “a dying art”.

In closing, I do ask one favor of you all.  If you have enjoyed this story, please share it with everyone you know.  You never know, it may be the one thing that helps brighten someone else’s day. It may give them a much needed hope, to see there is still so much good in this world.

And last but not least, it may inspire someone that wants a hobby to pick up a needle and start stitching! I mean really, what else allows you to stab something 10,000 times without being arrested? LOL

Design by Climbing Goats Designs

Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below.  We would love to hear them!

Thank you

Best Wishes,

Fae Kuhn

 


25 thoughts on “Timothy Johnson and Rainbows for Peace and Comfort

  1. Fantastic article! Timothy is definitely an angel 😇 for these two causes!

    1. Janet,

      Glad you like it! 🙂

  2. Fae you could not have picked a more honorable and caring person to start your new project off. I know I’ve joined His and Kyla’s group. I know Cross stitching was my life saver, and I mean that literally. Meeting new people, making friends, Learning a new hobby that can turn into a beautiful artistic gift for someone or to a group that may lifts someone’s heart, or even for yourself. I’m very fortunate to be connected to an awesome group of The Cross Stitch Club, as well as for Rainbows Peace and Love. Thank you Fae and Timothy for being my friends.

    1. Sharon,

      Thanks! 🙂 It was fun to write and I hope lots of people will share it. This story deserves to be shared 🙂 Tim is just so inspiring and we need more people like him! lol

  3. Fae, this is such a FANTASTIC FEATURE!! You always have such awesome ideas and the drive to see them come to life!! Tim’s and Kyla’s mission is beyond admirable and yes, I would live to be part of it. I can’t claim to be a power stitcher like Gwenda, but it is something I can put my heart and my prayers into. Thank you for this window of awareness and opportunity!!

  4. Thank you, Faye, for sharing this story. More news of good people doing good things is needed in our lives. I’m honored to be one of Timothy’s angels and am a better person after discovering his work. I look forward to continuing to contribute and perhaps meeting Timothy one day. Kim Merlino

  5. I stitched for Sandy Hook and now for Timothy’s group. It is so wonderful to be able to help others with our craft. Timothy is amazing and always puts a smile on my face. He is an inspiration to many

  6. Hi Fae… I enjoyed reading this story , Timothy does make your day brighter with his x stitching and what he has been up to. Timothy’s photo’s always brings a smile to my face..
    I have enjoyed x stitching with love the squares for Rainbows for Peace and Comfort..

    Louisa.

  7. Love it Fae. It is a beautiful piece and I know exactly what you mean about seeing Tim’s posts and pictures. Definitely puts a smile on my face. One day when I go to south Florida, I would love to meet him. He would be so much fun.

  8. Turned out awesome Fae!
    Thanks for adding Tim’s link.
    Tim is truly an angel on earth!

  9. Fae, your stories are always up lifting and bring so much joy to everyone. Me personally have been touch by your loving and giving heart and I am so truly greatful. For Tim, he is an amazing person as well. I love checking out what he is doing next and brings a small to my heart.

  10. WOW! What a great story! Tim is a hero in his own special way. I signed up using the link. Right now with between work and graduate school, my stitching time is minimal.However, I want to follow Tim and his passion as well as pray for this great cause! Thanks Fae for sharing this incredible story!

  11. Thanks Fae, I’ve followed Tim on Facebook and now I know the rest of the story.
    Thanks for sharing his incredible generosity and dedicated kindness. Yes there are Angels on earth and you just introduced us to another one.
    Thanks & God Bless.

  12. I too love Ttimothy’s antics, like you he always makes me smile. I hVe soined his group and he is a real inspiration. You could not have picked a better person to highlight he is amazing individual

    1. Thanks! He is such an inspiration and I hope this will help him find more stitching angels to complete his vision! 🙂

  13. This was such a beautiful and fun post, Fae. Timothy’s work is stunning.

    I wish you all the best on this journey.

    1. Hello Sue! Thanks and glad you liked it!

  14. Love this story o Tim and all the amazing things he has done.

    1. Laura,

      Thanks! A lot of thought and time went into writing that, but the cause is so worthy and Tim is such a great person! I had a lot of fun writing it! Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. What a brilliant feature, I’ve seen his many works on various stitch pages around and always wondered the story behind it all, and now I know.

    1. Nichola,

      Glad you liked it! It is such great work he is doing and I felt it was one definitely worth sharing in our cross stitch community! The exposure has also gotten them some more angels to help him in his worthy cause! 🙂

  16. Great story about a great guy and a great project. You are correct, the world needs more Tims!

  17. Melissa,

    Glad you liked it! It really was a pleasure to write this and look forward to writing about more great people in our cross stitch community!

  18. Wow! Thanks for sharing. I’ve seen several of Tim’s lovely finishes on Facebook, but had no idea of his charity stitching.

    1. Elisa,

      He is just lovely, isn’t he? 🙂 It is just amazing what a person can do with just a needle and a thread to help change the world! 🙂

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