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.