My mother’s cross-stitch projects — Part 1

A conversation between my sister and diem3 had me remember the photos I snapped of my mother’s needlepoint cross-stitch projects.

I should clarify . . . photos of a small number of my mother’s needlepoint cross-stitch projects. So, here I am, finally posting the photos I took last September (and a few from 2017).

It’s worth noting just how much has happened in the past eleven months. The world has actually changed, and not for the better. On a personal note, we suffered the passing of my brother early in the year, something that still sucker-punches me.

I mention all this to underscore the importance — physical, mental, and emotional — of having a hobby or interest that offers an escape from the increasing bleakness of the human condition.

Hmm . . . all that seems a downer of an introduction. Let me recover . . . by telling a joke I recently read on a friend’s timeline (Facebook):

“I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather did. Not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car.”

OK, needlepoint cross-stitch . . . here’s a description (LINK) and here’s a bit of history (LINK) and some stitches (LINK).

And away we go!

Most of the ones I’m sharing are holiday-themed works, but not all.

Can you guess the holiday in the first one? No? Here are a few more hints.

Still nothing? Here . . .

By the way, in some of these, it helps to back away from the screen a bit to see the whole as opposed to the details.

Anyway, I’m told by my mother that the most difficult thing is differentiating threads with very similar shades of colors. It requires good natural light, and that occasionally limits the amount of work one can do. Yes, artificial light can work, but it’s apparently tiring on the eyes.

Can you guess the next holiday theme?

Well, I won’t mess about with this one. Here’s a huge hint . . .

I admit I’m blown away by the subtle shading on some of the pieces and the realism they achieve. Some are simple geometric designs but within them, subtle visual clues give texture and depth to the shapes.

Here’s one that different and not a holiday-themed piece . . .

One thing I didn’t do, is provide a point of reference to gauge the size of the pieces. Generally, the larger and visible the holes in the piece, the smaller it is.

For instance, she did this small piece for me because of all the hawk photos I used to take . . .

You’re looking at something between five and seven inches wide.

These next two pieces are a bit larger, like over two feet long.

That second one was framed and is now hanging on their wall (and others, too).

I’ll call this a good place to stop for this first post. Here’s a gallery of the above works:

If you want to see details, the SmugMug gallery is at this LINK.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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