Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 1, and a Long-Overdue Frame Job

Hey everyone! Not much stitching going on here, I'm afraid. I couldn't really tell you why I'm so busy, because I'm not sure myself, but there always seems to be 133497 things I need to get done every day.

So all I've managed to do is 100 stitches on a new start, the latest sheep in the Little Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija. I finished the Courage sheep quite a while ago, so it's about time I started the next one. Here is Kindness:


I'm stitching this on 28 count Coffee Jobelan with DMC, just like all the other sheep. It's a good start, I think - I'm halfway done with the tree already!


I also have a very old, newly framed piece to show you:


This is my birth sampler! I rescued it from a trunk in my mother's bedroom a couple of years ago. My mother does not have a crafty bone in her body, so you could imagine my shock when I saw it. It's not cross-stitching, it's crewel work, and it must have been a kit with the design printed on the fabric, because I can still see faint lines under the thread.


The very existence of this is bizarre, and so is my name. She named me! You would think she'd have remembered the "h" at the end.

Anyways, I took it to the framer a couple of weeks ago and picked out this lovely antique-looking wooden frame. I wanted it to look old, because it is old! I'm so happy with it. It's a wonderful little heirloom, and I'm glad I have it safe behind glass now!

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Big hugs,

15 comments:

Vickie said...

Oh Sarah. You make me chuckle. I remember the days too well. Of course you cannot get much stitching in!! I stopped stitching for years! I had to laugh. I do wonder that your mom forgot the h? Oh well. Good for you getting that lovely, lovely sampler framed. It is gorgeous!

Justine said...

A gorgeous framed finish but how funny that your mum misspelled your name! I too stopped stitching until my little ones got into a good nighttime routine and then I resumed stitching in the evenings.

Ariadne said...

I love your birth sampler!Especially that little blue bird!AriadnefromGreece!

Kerryp77 said...

What a treasure to find and a great start on kindness too

Linda said...

Nice start Sarah. What a wonderful treasure to find. It is beautiful.

Linda

Christina said...

Oh wow, your own birth sampler? How amazing! I still have a baby blanket that my mum knitted for me...40 years ago. It's soooo itchy!

Mii Stitch said...

That is so cool to have found your own birth sampler!!!
Funny too that your mum misspelled your name.
My mum apparently was so nervous when she had me (I am the first born child)& went to officially register the birth, she made a mistake with my other names... One of them is Maud and apparently was supposed to be Aude!! So, I can understand why your mum would have made a little error :) Makes you more special!

Julie said...

How wonderful to have your own birth sampler now in your own home, the crewel work is beautiful.

Emma Louise said...

What a lovely keepsake!

Bea said...

What a wonderful heirloom! And a lovely piece of needlework. You're off to a great start with your next sheep.

Penny said...

You've got a nice start on Kindness! I recently started these, and they take quite a bit of time despite their seemingly small size. Even without the h, it's a beautiful birth sampler! : )

Pull the other thread said...

Fantastic start on your latest sheep virtue. What a gorgeous piece your mam made. So glad you found it and got it framed, a really lovely piece to have.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great new start on the latest sheepie.
Lovely frame choice for the vintage piece, maybe you've been spelling your name wrong and there isn't really an H? After all these years!

Heather said...

Aww the sampler is sweet :). Great progress!

Brigitte said...

Oh es, life can be so very busy with a toddler :)
Your birth sampler is very beautiful, and the framer did a great job on it.