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.
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!
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!
I made this cute piece for my sister for Christmas. It’s “Sisters + Friends” from The Drawn Thread. It was a fast and easy stitch, and I got to try some nice finishing for it. It’s finished with a ladder stitch to a fabric backing.
I love the annual Santa designs from Prairie Schooler. This piece was stitched as a round robin with a group of friends in real life and online, probably at least 15 years ago. This piece brings back a funny little memory . . . . When my youngest child was a baby & I was home on maternity leave, one of our cats brought a baby bird into the house and let it go still alive. When our dog Buddy spied the bird, he launched himself across the room at full speed and slammed into the wall. The force of him knocked this framed needlework and a glass lantern off of the wall, sending both crashing to the floor into a mass of broken glass. Meanwhile I was simultaneously trying to deal with a crying baby, a bird on the loose, and a frantic dog. It was a scene worthy of I Love Lucy. Eventually I caught the bird, calmed the dog, and cleaned up the glass. But 13 years later, I still haven’t replaced the glass in this frame. I really should replace it to protect the needlework. But it is a funny memory in hindsight.
In the late 1980s, my mother, Sandra Gentry, started this cross-stitch design. In time, arthritis made stitching too painful to continue. She passed along the partially completed needlework to me. Years passed as I set aside needlework in the 2000s when my children were small. In 2014, in anticipation of Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary, I completed the piece.
I love you Mom and Dad, and I want to thank you for a home of love & laughter!
A few years ago, I did a round robin project with a group of internet-friends. This was the piece that I selected for the round robin, a kit entitled Lily of the Valley by The Drawn Thread. There are a few different drawn thread techniques in this one, but nothing too daunting. I love the silk threads in it. The round robin ended in 2010, but unfortunately the green silk fiber ran out before this was completed. I wrote to The Drawn Thread, and they happily sent me more. But by then I was preparing to move and all of my needlework ended up packed away for the next 3 years. I pulled everything out this spring, and I finished this piece. I’m so happy that I finally did. It hangs in our kitchen and cheers me every day.
I’ve had this set of holiday needlework designs by Lizzie Kate for years. I decided to start with the Halloween piece. It was quick and fun.
I have collected jesters and masks since I was a little girl. I don’t collect jesters really any more, but I still cherish this piece that I did when I was in college. It was a huge pain to stitch, with lots of blended colors (1 thread each of two different colors) and metallics throughout. It seemed like a constant battle with knots. But it is a stunning little piece. I believe this design came out of an old “Just Cross Stitch” magazine. The artist was Jeanne Christine.