You could say I’m a little behind in answering the Stitching Blogger’s Question of the month. I have answered one since they started back up in May. Oops.
This one is a two-part question, so I broke it up into two posts.
Tell us about something that you have stitched or plan to stitch for any father in your life. Maybe it’s for your father, your father-in-law, your children’s father, your grandfather, your godfather, or someone who was or still is an important father-figure in your life. Why did you choose this particular piece of stitching? Tell us the story behind it.
I’m going to drag out my answer to this question and show all of the pieces I’ve stitched for my fathers. That should fatten up this post nicely with lots of photos. 😉
First up is from 2004. My paternal grandfather passed in April of 2004 and I had recently renewed my relationship with my father, so I stitched a memorial piece. The design is by Cindy Morrill of Stitchworks, but I redesigned all of the stars.
That same year, I stitched a Dimensions kit for my step-father. He has been a father to me since he married my mother when I was 14 years old and in my heart he truly became my dad when I separated from my biological father in college. He has been my rock and my biggest fan for all of that time. He has also been a great inspiration to me, as he started his own business when we was in his 20s and continually makes huge strides. His entrepreneurial spirit is one to be truly admired and emulated.
Since re-establishing a relationship with my biological father, we now exchange Christmas ornaments every year. In 2005, I sent stitched ornaments.
This is a bad picture and the finishing turned out a little wonky, but I had the best of intentions. The design is Victorian Christmas Tree from (I believe) the 2004 JCS Christmas Ornaments issue. I don’t know the details because apparently I neglected to record them in my gallery.
This one is Santa’s Trimmings by Mosey and Me, as published in the 2004 JCS Christmas Ornaments issue. I really like this design and I think I knocked the finishing out of the park. 😀
I then had a dry spell until this year. I stitched a Pine Mountain pillow named My Dad for my step-father in May. It was intended to be a birthday gift, but I mistakenly stitched the pillow on the wrong count fabric (I didn’t want to use the aida included in the kit), so I had to stitch it again. It ended up being a belated birthday/early Father’s Day gift.
Finally, I stitch up the Maine design from the Hearts of America series by Thea Dueck of The Victoria Sampler this August for my father-in-law and his wife.