A little OCD on the thread organisation front...
There you go, I'll admit it - for a very large part of my life I have been quite an avid cross stitcher. I started as a little girl of probably about 7 or 8 (I can remember going to the haberdashery store and picking out some garish pastel DMC thread to practice with - it was the '80's!)
So I thought I'd share a few of the projects I have done over the last 24 years or so...
This was my first big project and took me a year or so to complete. I made the last stitch when I was 12 I think (somewhere there is a photo of me doing the last stitch - my mum must have been so relieved it was finally over!).
It was in a thin oak frame (sans mat) at my mums for years but on my return to NZ for a holiday at the beginning of the year I ripped into the frame, took it out and threw it in my suitcase to bring back to Zurich. For years it was too daggy to hang on the wall, but I think I am ready to re-frame it, with a modern mat etc and put it on the wall alongside this...
The Good Shepherd Sampler.
This was based on an old design (apparently the strange alphabets are historically correct). I really love this one.
It took me two years and I completed it when I was 14. I am going to re-frame this one too. I went to a night class shortly after finishing it to learn how to stretch and bind the aida around acid-free board ready for framing. Yep. I was a daggy teen doing craft night classes with a bunch of over 40's. That was how I rolled.
My dog-eared, coffee-stained copy of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit' pattern.
I wish I could say I outgrew my cross stitch obsession, and for a while I did, but when I was 27 and starting to think about starting a family I revisited this Peter Rabbit pattern I bought when I was 14 (it was the next project after the Good Shepherd sampler, but I then became a proper teenager and never completed it).
It took me 14 months to complete and I finished it in my 8th month of my pregnancy with Miss S. It will always belong to her and I hope she hands it down to her children. It stands about 1.4m tall and almost a metre wide and cost a small fortune to frame, so she better!
So you can see now why I was so proud of Miss S's first stitches!
(If you want any publishing info on these patterns, which may still be available to purchase from some embroidery supply stores, please email me or leave a comment below).