A pocket full of sorrows I shall take away for you A hand full of flowers I shall lay down for you A river full of tears I shall cry for you A forever full of memories I shall remember of you by Athey Thompson
It’s a sad poem, I know, but our family laid our mother to rest in July after a short illness. She was a beautiful person through and through and I miss her greatly.
Stitching was a boon in this stressful time and I managed to complete 14 of my planned 19 Nordic Santas. I am waiting on getting hold of one of the original Santas I did back in 2016 so I can have a look at the material and beads I used as I foolishly failed to make a note of these when I stitched them. This is so that the ones I stitch this year won’t look odd when they are displayed together. Here are the finished ones:
I was then at a loss for my next project as I knew I needed material so I just spent a couple of days organizing the thread boxes for Bibliotheque by Gerald Murphy (Scarlet Quince). Then, just to make sure, I re-measured all the odds and ends of material I had in my stash. I knew they wouldn’t be big enough for the Scarlet Quince or Chatelaine items in my project stash, but maybe enough for something smaller?
Success! I had been very generous with my framing allowance for All My Cats (Chatelaine) and I had a piece of Belfast linen only 5cm smaller than ideal, but it was big enough to fit the stitching on comfortably. Here’s what it will look like when finished:
As I had ordered the variegated threads and beads from European Cross Stitch a while back and so had them in my stash, I was able to crack on. Here’s where I am up to after a couple of weeks. This image is a composite as I did not want to unscroll it from the frame:
This project will probably take me 2-3 weeks more to complete so I will work on getting sufficient material and missing threads for Bibliotheque.
I hope you are all keeping well and finding solace in what makes you happy. See you in the Autumn.
Much love – Christine