Sunday, January 30, 2011

Back to Stitching

Back in 1992 I was in a craft shop with Mom and FabHub.
I wasn't really thrilled to be there.
I didn't DO crafts.
Then I found this counted cross stitch pattern of my favorite classic car.
I said "I can do that."
They laughed.
I said "No really, I can do that."
So they bought the pattern, fabric, and floss and said "Do it then."
And I did.
Then I went to the local needlework shop and found some more patterns that I liked.
And I did those.
Don't look too closely. They need to be cleaned.
All I did was finish and then wrap them up sometime between 1993 and 1994 or so.
Some of them were started and finished while I was stationed in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War.
That didn't help with keeping them clean.

This one is called "Happy Together" doesn't it look like FabHub and me?
Ok, quit laughing. I am not blonde.

This one was meant to represent our farm.
It still does. I love it here.

This is from a series that Grandma Klein sent me. It is called Midwestern Barn.
There are more in the series. I should find them.

This one was absolutely done while in Saudi Arabia. 
I distinctly remember craft nights in the common room. 
One of the girls knitting or crocheting, another doing some embroidery, and me doing this CCS.

This one, I don't know why I did it. It turned out very nice though.

After I got out of the Air Force I also did a couple of Indian dream catchers. I gave them away as a Christmas present in '94 or '95. I haven't seen them again. They were nice though.

This is my latest purposeful start and finish.
Garrett's Birth Announcement
I bought it a few years ago with intentions of finishing it for my sister and her husband's first baby. 
They finally told me there was a due date and I had to hurry to finish it. 
They were on time. I was late. 
But at Christmas of 2009 Mom and I added the denim border and wrapped it around a photo album. 
It turned out really nice.
Guess what.
They are pregnant again.
I need to make another birth announcement.
Which has inspired me to finally complete a project that I started in late 1993.
And finished on 30 January 2011.
Completing it was originally inspired by FabHub's desire to have and hunt beagles.
We don't have or care for beagles anymore. They are kind of whinny.
The one in the picture is slightly modified to resemble my pup Wrinkles.
She was killed by a neighbor dog many years ago.
It was a really bad experience.

I just felt like I had to finish that one before I started anything else. 
I have a pattern to start for the new baby.
I also have a pattern coming from Heaven and Earth Designs.
Some day. 
It went to the printers several days ago and status finally changed to In Print.
So I am hoping tomorrow it will be shipped.
It is a full coverage picture. No backstitch. No partial stitches.
Hours and hours of work.
Once it gets here I will have to figure out what fabric I need and make sure I have all the colors.
Then I will have to find some fabric.
The local store doesn't carry what I think I will need.
I am sure they can order it, but the store is 25 miles away in a town I don't go to very often.
And if they are only going to carry the most basic and common fabric...
So, while I would like to support the local store, I will probably end up ordering online.
I have to get to sleep now. Our gym opens early in the morning and I have been procrastinating on that too.


  1. I had no idea you had done so many CCS patterns! They are all great! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see what you do for baby #2! 16 weeks today...almost half-way there!
    Hmmm...I think I owe you some DMC floss too. I'll try to get that in the mail this week.
    Love ya!

  2. My son who is 7 would love the Thunderbird. My dad loved his beagles. Like the boy & girl. You did beautiful work even when you were abroad. Thanks for sharing.