This month I thought I would share one of my hobbies, one which I have done a fair bit of but primarily for other people. And it all began one Christmas morning many years ago.
When we were little Santa came to give us presents in a sock, now socks are all well and good but over the years Santa moved onto a big pillowcase and an even bigger Santa sack. No matter where we were for Christmas, Santa always managed to find us and provide many an excited hour of fun discovering the many small items in our sacks. One year Santa brought me a very tiny package. Inside was a small piece of linene, some coloured thread and a needle, a chart and a wooden square shape with the centre cut out. This was a mini cross stitch kit. Over the years as a child, I had made a couple of embroidered mats at school, which my parents still have, but I had never done something so tiny or so intricate. I had never done counted cross stitch before and the tiny squate of fabric made me quite nervous. However I followed the instructions and completed the little design, which looked like this..............
I left in my fingers so you see the size
The next year I had one of a Christmas candle. From here I progessed to a larger kit with my initial ''J'' and I still have this framed in my flat. However, 25 years ago, my cross stitch became even more invovled when I devised a cunning plan for a very special gift. This gift was a 25th wedding anniversary sampler for my parents. At the time I had never made anything on so large scale but I wanted to make them something precious. I found a basic cross stitch sampler kit but only used the frame of the design and then added my own pieces. Back in the late 1980s Jo Verso was the most well know cross stitch designers and I used some her books to make my design. I also spent hours in the loval library drawing a Merchant Naval cap badge as my dad had been in the Merchant Navy when my parent's were courting, indeed one of the stories my dad tells is of walking around with holes in his shoes so he could save up to buy my mum her engagement ring.
So here is the final piece which hangs in my parent's dining room...............
the final product
yes my parent's will have been married 50 years next March. The spanner
and sewing paraphanalia represent my parent's professions and the music is the wedding march.
the top design
the church looking bulding is Glastonbury Tor which you can see from my parent's home and the money represented my sister's then job
the Merchant Navy cap badge
the flaggon and apples are for the local cider production as are the shoes
because Clark's shoes were made here. The baby is for my
then job as a Special Care baby nurse.
I still dabble in cross stitch from time to time and have been making a angel for ages. Hoever, my main love now is scrapbooking as you well know. I hope you have enjoyed my story and look forward to seeing you soon.