When I was young and first married,
we lived in the city
We had one car
I rode the bus to work
That 45 minutes, I decided, would be a good time to do handwork.
I had read Mary Martin's Needlepoint book
And I became enamored with needlepoint
That, would be my handwork.
I bought a canvas -- the center was already filled in
And you just did the background
I still have it!
It's a sweet little pillow and I still adore it!
And over the years, I got braver and went from just filling in background
to actually doing all of the pillow:
(A charted design rather than a painted one)
And then I became a Mom and life got in the way.
I put away my needlepoint
Only to resurface in 2011 when we took our first transatlantic cruise
before we spent that Spring in England
I bought a canvas and thread
and stitched my way across the ocean and around England
It's still a favorite pillow
And so my stitching began . . .
Husband Jim gifted me with this canvas one Christmas
I finished the round pillow before we headed home and I bought this one in England
Shamlessly, the Oriental pillow was a flea market find
But the magnolias was not
And I learned on that transatlantic cruise from the British travelers
that I was doing a tapestry cushion
rather than a needlepoint pillow!
A friend gave me a box of her needlepoint --
In it was this partially done cushion
A adored it
And it came with thread
Thread still in it's wrapper!
However, there wasn't a lot of background wool.
I figured if I could get around the outside of the cushion, then I could
use a similar but different color for the middle section.
But as I stitched, I found that I didn't even have enough for the outside . . .
What a bummer!
Then I checked on Etsy
I had the color number and the brand
A simple search of DMC Tapestry Wool No. 7925
There was a whole box!
I bought it and hoped that the color was close
(you know that anything (fabric, thread, tapestry wool, wallpaper) not from the same
dye lot is not always a good thing!
But this one worked!!!
You can't tell them apart!
How great is that!
So now I'm madly stitching away at my latest tapestry cushion!