By noticing the dates worked into my counted cross stitch pieces you can tell where I was in life and what I was doing.
Some pieces are dated during those Home Schooling years. I would pull out my stitchery and sit at the table while the boys were working on writing projects or reading. They didn’t really need my help, more they needed direction and for me to be quiet so they could flourish.
As an Army wife, while the movers took an entire day to pack our belongings at each duty station, I wasn’t allowed to touch anything, so, out came my stitching.
In the days, long before the TSA had their silly rules about tiny scissors, oh and as well as me needing bright sunshine or my stitching lamp, I used to stitch while I waited in airports or while travelling by plane. (yes, I can use a dental floss holder to cut my thread.)
Today, nightly, Mr. Right spends an hour making juice for the next day. I sit on the other side of the counter and we talk about the days events. His hands are busy washing and preparing vegetables and fruits. My hands are kept busy with needle and thread.
Yes, I have made beautifully large pieces for my daughter in-laws. I have given many pieces away. Believe it or not, a few years back, I started keeping a couple of pieces for myself.
I tease my kids, that while I enjoy and use my china & beautiful pieces of Wedgwood, I am quite sure some of the “priceless” pieces will be sold at a yard sale for 25 cents, fingers crossed some will go for $1.00.
However, when it comes to pieces of stitchery, I hope that because I have secretly slipped in a birth date, or highlighted certain family members initials into other pieces…..that those will be kept as treasured heirlooms. A snippet of family history that is theirs to keep and tend to for a while.
Pieces of thread that binds them as a family and their history.
Today, a six-year-old little grandgirlie is not interested in a stuffy sampler. 30 years from now, when she spies her birth year under glass, stitched into a beautiful piece…..she will know it was stitched with her in mind….. A few more evenings of stitching the flower and this piece will be ready to be framed.
I love stitching special pieces for a celebration or person.
A pin cushion to celebrate a retirement
An ornament to celebrate a life
A beautiful bird for a Christmas treasure
A pillow for a birthday gift ………….
I use samplers to celebrate my family. Every stitch, making the ties that bind so tightly woven that it will be nearly impossible to take apart.
I know it is not popular. I understand there is no glossy advertisement about buying fabric and thread. My guess is that you are quietly making things for your family.
I would love to see what you are creating.
Secretly we are using needle and thread to stitch a piece of our family history.
In this together,