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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Counted Cross Stitch - Let Us Give Thanks

Way back in 1995, I had the idea to make a Counted Cross Stitch for my own parents for Christmas that year and also one for my husband's mother. That idea sprouted in my brain sometime around late summer, so I put everything else aside and got very busy! The Daisies and Butterflies Counted Cross Stitch piece was done for my mother-in-law. The piece I chose for my own parents was from the same book, Seasons Remembered by Leisure Arts, and was called Let Us Give Thanks.

Let Us Give Thanks Counted Cross StitchMy parents live half way across the country, so I asked my mother to take a few pictures of the piece and email them to me. Naturally she said she would, but not before she washed the glass. Isn't that just like a mother? In the picture above you can see the entire piece, double matted and custom framed. It is a sampler style design with the alphabet along the bottom, fruit basket in the middle and the flowers around the edges. The words "Let Us Give Thanks" are backstitched in script at the top. The year is divided in the two upper corners.

Let Us Give Thanks Counted Cross StitchThis piece was stitched on 32 count Raw Belfast Linen over two threads and used 25 different colors of DMC embroidery floss. Just to give you an idea of how much shading is done in this cross stitch, the cherry on the lower right hand side of the basket just above the letter M is 8 stitches across and 7 stitches from top to bottom, and there are six different colors of floss in that small amount of space!

I loved the rich warm colors in this design. They reminded me of my mother's style of decorating - very classy. She has this piece hanging in her dining room and I must say, it looks lovely.

Thanks for the pictures, Mom!

Happy Stitching!

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  • I had to come and check out the new work you were showing today. This looks fantastic. It must have been very time-consuming with all the colour changes but the results sure were worth it. Especially to have stitched this on linen, something I'm yet to try... very inspiring!

    By Blogger Belinda Y, At January 29, 2009 at 9:58 PM  

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