And then, one day, when I was cleaning, the needlepoint pillows came to light and I decided that chairs at Linderhof needed these cushions. As so out they came once again and became the living room chair pillows. Others were used on the chaise and chairs upstairs (only one of which is Mine -- and that one was certainly done in my "country" phase!)
But then when we were going on our transatlantic cruise and we would be at sea 10 of the 14 cruise days, I decided that I needed something to do beside reading books and so, I went to a favorite needlepoint shop in Kansas City, The Studio, and selected a canvas, got the yarn and needles and I was ready.
Mid-morning, I would gather my "knitting" as I call it and head for the Coffee Cafe and there I would have a Cappuccino and work on my canvas. After lunch, I would once again grab my "knitting" and go there for afternoon tea and a chance to work on my canvas. Actually, wherever I was on ship, my work bag would go with me and whenever I sat, I stitched.
Not having done needlework for 30 or so years, I think I selected an adventuresome pattern but I liked the design and colors and felt that the finished pillow would work well in a chair in Linderhof's living room.
I made many new friends on board for lots of ladies stopped and visited with me about my pillow. There were also lots of British ladies on board who inquired about my "cushion". I always replied that it wasn't a "cushion" (for that goes in chair seats) but a "pillow" (for that goes on a sofa). Once I became bilingual and could speak "Brit" as well as "American", I learned that to a Brit a "cushion" is what goes on one's sofa while a "pillow" is one one lays one's head on in bed! So I'm sure the Brits thought me strange to make such a fancy pillow to lay my head on!!!
It was a big project and after 10 days at sea, it wasn't half completed and so during the six weeks that we spent in England my work bag went with me and I stitched and stitched whenever we stopped and stitched more each evening as we watched television.
I stitched at Wolford Abbey, Windsor Castle, Stourhead Gardens, Hidcote Manor, and Blenheim Palace. If I sat, I stitched!
|In the garden at our bed and breakfast at Milford by the Sea -- we had just landed and it was "wedding day" -- it was the perfect place to stitch!|
And Husband Jim took a few pictures of me stitching away. Looking back, it would have been clever of us to have pictures at all of those major tourists attractions as I stitched away. Plus you could see the progress I made from one stop to the next!
|We visited Bath, took a boat ride down the River Avon (not that River Avon but another one), had lunch and while I waited for the boat to return us to Bath, I stitched.|
It truly enjoyed it and was glad to find needlepoint as a hobby again. I did finish the canvas before we ended our vacation and so I visited a needlepoint shop in Burford and bought another canvas -- this was a kit rather than a canvas and yarn.
|I thought this was a really English design for a "cushion" which will also be a souvenir as well as a project!|
This is a William Morris (who's English) kit of a fox (which wandered by our front window sometimes at Blue Row). I'm about halfway done with it now and it is relaxing to stitch in the evenings when we watch television. I took it on our last cruise but there were only two sea days and I didn't get as much done as I thought. I'm hoping that I'll get it done by Christmas.
But the first canvas . . . once home, I took the completed canvas to upholsterer and pillow maker extraordinaire, Mary and last week, if finally came home . . .
As a "cushion" which it should be since so much of it was done in England!!!! I think it makes a stunning cushion and I am very pleased with the finished product. Mary did a wonderful job with the stretching of the canvas and with transforming the canvas into a cushion!
I think that . . .
It looks right a home in one of the living room's wing chairs!
It was a project that kept me entertained during our cruise and all through our travels through England and it is also a souvenir of that trip -- many memories are in that pillow. Almost a memory a stitch!
It's Monday and I'm joining Smiling Sally for Blue Monday . . . for my new "cushion" is filled with wonderful blues!