aka – cross stitch
A lovely family moved into our old neighborhood in 1984. Janet and I bonded almost immediately.
She taught me all about counted cross stitch. Every time I look at my projects or see any cross stitch, I think of her. We still write once a year. At Christmas.
My first project? A huge wedding sampler (18×24) from a magazine for my brother and his wife. It was supposed to be for their first wedding anniversary in 1985 but I didn’t get it finished until that Christmas…just a few months late. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of it nor the magazine pattern. It was quite an undertaking but Janet encouraged me constantly.
She and I would go to a small shop (that no longer exists) and look at patterns, linen and Aida cloth.
My second project was much smaller. In fact most of the cross stitch I did was small. The following one was done on 32-count linen.
I bought at least 20-25 greeting cards with the patterns on the back intending to copy the pattern and mail the card. I still have them all. The cards were 4×6 so you can see that the finished piece isn’t much larger.
My daughter completed this watermelon when she was six years old using six-strands of floss on Monk’s cloth, which is large enough for a child to see and use. The pattern was simple and used four colors of floss. I got it framed for her and it hangs in her house. Again, no photo.
My aunt did this Father Christmas and included it in a quilted 36-inch wall hanging that I hang in my house during Christmas.
I made this for my Mom and was going to make it into a Valentine’s Day card for her but never did.
I should do something with all these x’s.
I love to do counted cross stitch and have done some large pieces. One even won first place at the Schuylkill County Fair!!
That’s great! I haven’t picked it up for so long. With good light, it’s fun. Not so much when I can’t see. I either need better/brighter lightbulbs or better eyes.
I love seeing all those pictures. They remind me of how much I enjoyed doing them.
Thanks for sharing