Earlier this year I did a project of memorializing each of the 2,662 people in Kentucky who died of coronavirus in 2020. I stitched 2,662 french knots onto a roll of vintage gauze bandage, distributed by month, starting in March with only 15 deaths and ending with 754 in December.
I learned some things from my 2020 memorial. First is to be more careful in counting! In the first project I tended to get carried away, stitching while watching TV without really noticing how many knots I had made. I ended up having to cut out dozens of knots where I overshot the mark -- and that hurt. Fortunately the gauze was forgiving, and I was able to erase the needle holes with a scratch of fingernail or needle end. But it was stupid to do it that way.
I replied: "You're right -- that's exactly what I think about when making these marker pieces. I guess this is the sixth death marker that I have embarked upon (one is half done) and this genre, if you want to call it that, has great meaning for me."