Lewis “Bud” Bullimore grew up in the Washington County Area. He and his wife Nola have lived in various areas throughout their lives. They have 3 grown daughters, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grand children. His wife Nola has always been an active seamstress and crafter. She took part in craft shows and had made many quilts to give to family members.
In the 1980’s Bud and Nola were house parents for a children’s home in a remote western Kansas town, Nola was doing counted cross stitch pictures. Bud decided he would try his hand at making the pictures, too. He discovered he enjoyed the craft and the making of various pictures.
At the beginning, he had Nola go to the stores to purchase his thread, cross stitch fabric and pattern books. He felt this was not craft a man would be doing. One day as told by Nola, he did go into a store for a purchase and the lady checking them out asked if he were the person doing the counted cross stitch picture. Bud admitted that he was. The lady stated that was great. She informed him that a lot of the male farmers in the area would do knitting, crocheting, etc in the winter and she would see them with their purchases. Since this time Bud has been active with his county cross stitching.
Bud states he enjoys keeping his hands busy with the needle and thread. He feels it stimulates his mind as well as passes the time in his retirement. Over the years, when asked how many pictures he has made. It comes to approximately 45 – 50 pictures. He has given many of those away to family and friends. Bud likes to cross stitch pictures of animals especially wolves and the Thomas Kinkade pictures.
Also on display are a sample of Nola Bullimore’s quilted wall hangs and roosters.
They are the parents of Donna Taphorn in cardiac rehab and grandparents of Nichole Werbin in the business office.