Friday, August 01, 2008

Mother's Tree

Well, it's more of a Mother-In-Law's Tree. I did this for her as a Christmas gift, and it actually brought her to tears! I was able to find a website owned by a member of her family who had traced her ancestry back to the early 1800's. And since she had no daughters of her own, I replaced "mother of" with "mother in law of" and added my name, then continued with my daughter.

It's stitched one over one with Vikki Clayton silks on a beautiful Belfast linen (can't remember the color right now.) I moved the words "Mother's Tree" out of the trunk of the tree and to either side. I just thought it looked better that way. Terry of "The Stitching Post" in Waynesboro, VA, did a gorgeous job on the framing...

This is definitely one of my favorite pieces, and hopefully someday it will be handed down to my daughter as a wonderful family heirloom.

I have a funny story that goes along with this piece, too. This is actually the second time I stitched this same design. The first one I did over 2 on Belfast and it was massive. I put in the last stitch, folded it up and laid it on my stitching basket before going to bed. When I woke up the next morning, it was on the floor with a BIG HOLE chewed in the middle of it! The dog had gotten hold of it for a midnight snack! I cried for days, and it was months before I could even think about starting it again. I'm so glad I did, though. And no, I didn't kill the dog! Felt like it, though! LOL

Happy weekend, everyone!


Julie said...

This is such a special piece, a beautiful family heirloom.

How come i didn't know you had a blog???

In the word of Arnold Schwarznager (not spelt right!) ... i'll be back LOL

xstitcher said...

Love it!!! Can't believe I'm finally seeing it!!


Christina said...

That is beautiful. It makes it nicer that she appreciated it.

Shari said...

hey! I know you!!!!! I just happened on your blog!!!!!
I love the piece shown for this post. What a special keepsake!!!

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