Here is the final tally from my EGA chapter challenge in 2019. Mid-year we are allowed one substitution, which is why you see the last one replaced. I finished half of my list and made progress on the others. That’s not bad for me as I never get much time to stitch. Hopefully I will do better in 2020.
1. original needlepoint designed by my daughter!! DONE
2. Ambrosia Honey – Work in progress
3.Autumn Square – DONE
4. Mother’s Heart – DONE
5. small piece for Christmas exchange — DONE
6. Santa – Work in progress
7. Canvas Stitch Alphabet Sampler – Work in progress
8. Blackwork Band Sampler – Work in progress
9. Honeycomb pin cushion – Work in progress
Do the Right Thing – cross stitch design by Lizzie Kate Salt Marsh – DONE
For my EGA group’s holiday party, we do a gift exchange of a small stitched item. I chose to do something non-Christmas themed and picked this pin cushion from Jeanette Douglas Designs.
I had fun stitching this Teenie Grapes Fob by The Sweetheart Tree for a dear friend’s birthday.
My daughter recently completed her high school AP art portfolio. She had to do 24 pieces of art for her portfolio, 12 of which were along a theme. She chose creation myths as her theme, and she wanted to do one piece of fiber art in the set. She created this design, painted the needlepoint canvas, selected all of the fibers and stitch patterns, and stitched portions of it (with me providing some stitching heavy labor for her). She picked all the framing. We had so much fun collaborating on this piece together. And as a bonus, she got a perfect 5/5 on her portfolio and earned college credit toward her architecture degree. She is taking this piece with her to college.
My father passed away in 2017, and just recently my mother moved in with me. In helping mom clear out their house, I have run across pieces of cross-stitch that I gifted to my father over the years. I regret some of these pieces now, but my dad loved every one of them.
Dale Earnhardt Sr was our family’s favorite NASCAR driver by far. I stitched this for Dad in 1990, and his brother liked it so much that I stitched another one for him too.
My dad was a life-long smoker. I tried to get him to stop smoking for many years. I don’t know why I chose to stitch an ashtray for him. Given that he suffered from emphysema in his later years, I really regret creating anything that fostered this terrible habit.
Also in the category of needlework pieces that I regret is this Confederate flag piece. It’s framed in the front of a key cabinet. Dad ran a business with a fair amount of equipment (trucks, backhoe, etc) and he always kept a lot of keys. The cabinet was pretty useful. But I do regret this flag. I can’t bring myself to destroy it, but I won’t keep either this or the ashtray.
I miss my dad and loved him a lot, even if we didn’t always see eye to eye.
Our EGA Chapter does a year long stitch-a-long for both linen and canvas. I didn’t care for the linen SAL, so I chose the canvas project instead. For the canvas SAL, it could be any autumn themed piece. I chose this Autumn Square, which was a freebie from Laura Perin Designs when I ordered some other charts from her. The piece itself was a very fast stitch and is roughly 3.75 x 3.75 inches completed. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it at first, but finally decided to make it into a needlebook & scissor keep. I created the outside of the needlebook with some autumn themed fabric from my stash and stitched the needlepoint piece onto the front. I added “pages” of wool felt and added a pocket for small scissors and labels for different sizes of needles. I am very pleased with the results! Thanks Laura for the beautiful design!
By requests, here are rough instructions for how I assembled the needlebook. I haven’t had time to draw out diagrams, but will try to amend this in the future for clarity:
Kristin’s needlebook directions
I stitched “A Mother’s Heart” from Shepherd’s Bush for my mother as a Mother’s Day gift. I am really happy how it turned out, and R&S Picture Framing did an amazing job with the framing.