Some of you may remember that I took home some pillowcases that were driving my Mother crazy. She enjoys embroidery but cross stitch, stamped or counted, not so much. I told her life was too short to spend her time doing something she did not enjoy. She is 85 and she should enjoy her crafts not get high blood pressure over them.
Well I have finished one of the pillowcases.
I did the cross stitch all in red. It is much easier than changing threads! So easy to sit and do while I am watching some tv in the evenings. I did some research on Redwork and found that it became popular in the 1800s. Most red thread back then would "bleed" when washed so no one used red thread for clothing or needlework. But some smart person came up with a process that made the thread color fast and everyone was so excited about it that they started doing needlework using only red thread....redwork. There is also a blue work and black work movement. I really liked how they turned out. Now I need to get some trim for the edges. I am thinking of trying to crochet an edging for it. I will update when I have both pillowcases finished.
And I got another counted cross stitch piece back from the framers...
I plan to use this in my little farm house but since it is only a dream right now, I am using this sampler in my kitchen as we move from winter to spring. The cloth it is stitched on is a watermark material. I love the depth it gives and it makes the piece look rather old as well.
I have two projects in the works right now...the other pillowcase as well as a Summer cross stitch. It is my therapy. There is something so calming about seeing the thread weave in and out and then the final stitch is secured and you have a piece of art. I love to think of all the women through the ages who enjoyed using a needle to create something of use or of beauty or both! I am glad to be one of that line!