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Saturday, January 24, 2009

St. Francis Prayer Counted Cross Stitch

Back in the late 1980's when Counted Cross Stitch was getting to the height of its popularity here in the US, I found a pattern that really caught my eye. I loved the colors in it and the simple design. Of course, the words in it are timeless and they still remind me of my grandmother. She had a little wooden looking plaque hanging just inside her bedroom door with the Prayer of St. Francis on it.

St. Francis Prayer Counted Cross StitchThis is the piece that I made and had professionally framed to hang in our bedroom in our first house. Today it hangs just at the top of the stairs in the upstairs hallway. Green is such a classic decorating color and seems to go well with anything. I am glad now that I had this piece matted with green instead of going with the blues that I used in our other home!

You can see that this piece, like the wedding gift cross stitch that my sister made for us and the Daisies and Butterflies that I made for my mother-in-law, is under glass with a mat to separate the fabric and floss from the glass. It also serves to keep dust and dirt from discoloring the stitchery.

St. Francis Prayer Cross Stitch PatternThis is the leaflet from Leisure Arts that holds the chart for this piece. You can see that it is quite old and a little worn. Even if you couldn't tell its age by the wrinkles, you could tell by the price! If this is a pattern you are interested in, you may be able to find it on ebay or other online trading sites. I don't think I'm quite ready to part with mine yet!

Happy Stitching!

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