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.
While at the Sun & Sea Region retreat earlier this month, I bought raffle tickets to drop in various baskets to win. I spent all of $20 on tickets, and amazingly I won 3 of the prizes! Two were batches of ornaments and pin cushions, and the third was this beautiful project bag and needlework roll. Isn’t it all gorgeous? I have been wanting to put up a needlework-only Christmas tree for years, and now I feel like I have to with all these ornaments. Thanks to all the ladies who donated items!
Last week at the Sun & Sea EGA retreat, I took this class from Laura Smith. I took the class because the techniques were all new to me. First, we painted on stretched silk. Then we did free motion machine embroidery to form the grasses. Finally we finished with hand stitched highlights. My first try isn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed learning the new techniques, and it has given me ideas on some different ways of using the silk painting and a mixture of machine and hand embroidery.
Here are a few steps along the way . . . .
Our EGA Chapter donated a basket of stitched items to raffle at the Sun & Sea Region retreat last weekend. Our theme was “travel”. I had a little kit for a Scottish Thistle bookmark that I bought when on vacation in Scotland in 2016. I thought it was the perfect small addition to the basket. I had already cross-stitched the thistle while living in Virginia. I completed the backstitching on a flight across the Atlantic in 2019, and I did the finishing while vacationing in Rome in 2019. So this is one well-traveled piece of needlework!
This sweet little piece of counted needlepoint, entitled “Memory Box”, was a gift to my sister-in-law this past Christmas. It was designed by Kathy Rees as a fundraiser run by the National EGA to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. It was originally designed in purples (in keeping with the Alzheimer’s Association‘s colors), but I decided to stitch this completely from my stash. I love how it turned out, and it was very fun to stitch. I finished it in a box from Sudberry. I look forward to stitching more of Kathy’s designs.