Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cross Stitch Memories

When I went home for Thanksgiving, my Mom pulled out some of her Christmas decorations, and the grandkids (the younger ones) decorated the Christmas tree.  They had so much fun!!!

The above framed cross stitch was made by my Mom.  Isn't it great?!?!?!!!!  It reminded me that I used to cross stitch all the time and loved it.  My Mom got me my first pattern which got me hooked.

This pillow is it.  As you can see it has been used quite a bit and is stained.  Keep in mind this is REALLY old...think 1980ish.  I had to track it down and found it in my daughter's room.

Here is a close up.  See all those french knots!!!!  Not too bad for my first time.  I think that is why I loved the embroidery wheel project so much.  Brought back fun memories.

My Mom also got me this kit.  I remember making this while my Mom I was planning my wedding.  I thought of everything in DMC colors.  I would say "I want the bridesmaids dresses to be 223".

I did a lot of cross stitching in the '80s.  I made these stockings for my husband and I the first year we were married.  So cute!!!

Looking at the date, I guess I made this our first Christmas as well.  I had forgotten all about these Christmas cross stitch projects until I saw my Mom's.  Since we are away at Christmas I don't pull out all my Christmas decorations.  It was fun getting these out.

And last but definitely not least....I remembered this one.  Take a really good look.  My Mom made this for me a LONG time ago.  She made it into a pillow with a really pretty purple ribbon eyelet trim.  Over the years it starting looking like the pillow above.  MANY years later when I had MY daughter I had the cross stitch framed for my daughter's room.  Isn't it beautiful (I say as I grab my tissue..sniff)?  Thanks Mom.  I love you!!!!

Thank you for traveling down memory lane with me.  Have an amazing day!!!!!


  1. Fun seems quite a few quilters have a "cross-stitching past" lol! I also used to do counted cross -stitch and hardanger and so love seeing all of these wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing...oh, I can totally relate to the wedding planning too...I was content to let my Mom plan most of mine!

  2. Oh Rene' how lovely to have such beautiful reminders and momentos of your mom, your first Christmas as a wife and to hand down to your daughter! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. They're gorgeous. All my siblings and I have cross stitched stockings, though all but my youngest sister is yarn. Not sure how that came about but I know I always treasured them.

  4. Hey, I too used to cross stitch. I just loved how each project came out perfect! My daughter still cross stitches but has trouble finding good patterns these days.

    I love how you used to think in DMC colors, lol....