Happy Father’s Day

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Autumn Canvas Stitch-a-long

Autumn Square Laura Perin

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