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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Another Favorite Cross Stitch -- Daisies and Butterflies

After taking the picture of Elizabeth's finished Irish Cross Stitch, I went around the house and snapped pictures of all my other counted cross stitch pieces that are framed and hanging on the walls. This is, by no means, all of the cross stitch pieces I have, just those actually on display!

Today I wanted to show you a piece that I did back in 1995 as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. She always loved oranges, yellows, greens and decorated mostly with those colors. When I found this pattern in the Leisure Arts book called Seasons Remembered, I knew it would be perfect for her.

Daisy and Butterfly Counted Cross StitchThis piece was stitched over two threads on 32 count White Belfast Linen. Two strands of floss were used for the cross stitch and one for the half cross stitches (of which there were a huge number!), back stitches, French knots and lazy daisy stitches. There are 39 different colors of DMC floss used in this piece!

I had the piece custom framed at a local frame shop, using a double mat of brown and green and a simple wooden frame stock.

Daisy and Butterfly Counted Cross StitchMy mother-in-law loved this piece and proudly displayed it in her home. After she passed away about 5 1/2 years ago, her sisters made sure that it was returned to me. I think of her every time I see it.

Daisy and Butterfly Counted Cross Stitch Close UpI look at this piece now, hanging in the front hall of our home, and wonder how in the world I was able to do this stitching. I guess I was younger back then and my hands and eyes weren't yet starting to betray me!

I have to apologize for the poor picture quality. I had a hard time getting any pictures good enough to post because of the reflections in the glass. But anyway, there it is, one of my favorite cross stitch pieces which greets everyone when they enter our home.

Another of my favorite pieces is one that I did that same year for my own parents, and it happens to be a pattern from the very same book. I will have to see if I can get my mother to take some pictures and email them to me so I can show you. In the meantime, I have two more pieces, one that I did and one that was a wedding gift to me and my husband from one of my sisters, that I will show you shortly.

Happy Stitching!

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  • just beautiful, I use to be able to cross stitch, but lost sight in part of one eye, so I cannot anymore, thank heavens I can still sew!!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At January 18, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

  • That piece is EXCELLENT, Mary Grace. I loved cross stitching and did a lot of it but my eyes now won't let me do much of it, unfortunately. GREAT work on this one and can't wait to see the others you have mentioned.

    By Blogger Pat, At January 18, 2009 at 4:38 PM  

  • Beautiful, Mary Grace! Maybe I will Post another of mine for you to see!
    Hugs - Lurline♥
    PS - though I know your problem of photographing with glass glare!

    By Blogger Lurline, At January 18, 2009 at 6:50 PM  

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