The Sewing Corner — A Saturday Stitching Post

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There was a time in my life when I had my own sewing room. It was before marriage and before motherhood, when I could afford to be more narcissistic. Now that I no longer have a child living at home, I have thought about converting the spare bedroom into a craft/sewing room which might be a smart move for when I retire.

I had worked a small cross stitch piece which hung on the wall near my sewing machine. It is one of the earliest pieces that I did and was from the early 1980’s.l

Project Details: “Sewing Machine and Rocker” from Charted Nostalgic Designs, Leisure Arts Leaflet 183, by Barbara Weiford. Copyright 1980. It was worked on 14 count Aida with 2 strands of floss for cross stitch and 1 strand of floss for back stitch.

Celtic Angel – A Stitched Project

[ A regular Saturday feature on my blog will be sharing projects that I have completed or are in progress. Today I share a counted cross stitch angel that I completed in 2005.] image

The Celtic Angel was a design selected by my daughter.  She found it on one of the shopping trips that she was forced to endure early in her teenage years.  She admired it greatly and viewed it as a celebration of her Irish roots.  I later went back to the store and purchased it in order to make it for her as a gift.

I had to stitch the project on the sly so she would be surprised. Whenever she was at dance class or at church functions I would furiously work on the project. When she went somewhere with her dad, he would always call me when they were on the way home so I had time to hide evidence of my work.  It was probably the only time in my daughter’s life that it was I encouraging her to go out with her friends so I could have the stitching time.  I was traveling occasionally for my job at that time and during the nights in the hotel you would find me stitching on this project.  She was absolutely delighted when she received it as a gift for her 16th birthday.

A Celtic angel, just another thread of my life.

Celtic Angel designed by Barbara Baatz for The American School of Needlework, part of  the Cross Stitch Masterpiece Collection.  Out of Print.
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