Today I crossed a small bridge in Xiapu where a few vendors sold a variety of items. One of them sold knitted slippers.
While I observed activity on the bridge, the woman selling the slippers asked me if I would photograph her holding something special. People don't often make such requests, but it happens from time to time.
I said I would happy to photograph her and soon she was unfurling* something.
With the help of another vendor, she displayed what she wanted photographed.
Admittedly, I didn't see this coming. Although I presumed she used a guide, as far as I could tell she hadn't used a preprinted pattern. She said the large cross stitch work was the result of more than one year of effort.
*Photo is her folding up the piece since I missed capturing the actual unfurling moment.