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.