Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Dear Mother!!!

Today is my mother's 80-th birthday anniversary!
And today's post is devoted to my mother and her cross stitch. I hope it is interesting for you to see what kind of designs stitchers stitched many years ago, what materials and flosses they used.
As long as I remember my mother her hands have never been idle: all the time she was doing something: either sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching or embroidering. When my mother was much younger, she did a lot of cross stitching and embroidery, and her pretty works created a special, very warm atmosphere in our home. Mother decorated our home with her pretty doilies, table cloths, curtains, pillows, oh, and lots of other pretty things . But I think most of all she enjoyed stitching pictures, I mean big pictures! Two of her cross stitched pictures are now hanging in our home.
This one is called "The Castle", it's my favorite. It was stitched three over three on the fabric which is usually used for bedding . If you look at the picture closely you will see how many blended colors were used here. At the time when my mother cross stitched, stitchers widely used two or three different colors for blending.

The other picture is called "Alyenushka", its pattern is based on the picture by a Russian painter V. Vasnetsov. I think the picture was stitched before I was born. Now stitchers "age" their fabric, this picture has aged in a natural way.

Here is one more picture which is older than me. At first mother made it into a newspaper holder, it was kind of a pocket hanging on the wall into which you could put a newspaper. When my son was born, mother made it into a lovely pillow for him. When I brought this piece here I made it into a pillow again. It is like a third life for this piece.

One more piece, the oldest one, it dates back to 1940-s . It is a table cloth which is already falling apart . But I love the pattern so much that I want to make a chart and reproduce this table cloth.

I hope you enjoyed seing my mothers' works.

С Днем Рождения, Мамочка!!!

Мы тебя любим!

41 comments:

Theresa said...

Your mom's work are beautiful!!!! Happy birthday to your mom!!!!!

Olga said...

hi olga, your mothers work is just as amazing as yours, i luv her stitching, i luv all the old antique things, i have ejoyed reading about your mothers work.
lots of luv from olga (uk)

Olga said...

i forgot to say, happy birthday to your dear mum!!!!! (((((hugs)))))
luv from olga. (uk)

Shebafudge said...

Your mum has done some beautiful work and it is nice to see that it is still treasured. I hope my children want to do the same with my work!

Annie said...

What a treasure trove! It's so wonderful to have all those pieces from your mother's hand.

A very merry birthday to Mom!

dany said...

Toutes ces broderies sont superbes !
Bon anniversaire à ta maman et gros bisous

Brigitte said...

Wonderful picturs of your mother's stitching. I still remember my grandmother stitching tablecloths like the one you show in one of the pictures. Unfortunately there is nothing left from her stitching.

Happy birthday to your mom!

Donna said...

Happy birthday to you dear mom. I see where you get all your talent from. Your mom's work is absolutely beautiful!

Terry said...

Your mother's work is beautiful! Happy Birthday to her!!!!!

staci said...

A very happy birthday to your Mom!!! She is a very talented needleworker!!!

hohla said...

Олечка! От всей души поздравляю твою маму с Днем Рождения!!! Здоровья ей и радости!!! :)))
Работы теплые, что-то из детства! У меня сын с такой вот подушкой бабушки до сих пор не расстается, дорожит.

marta said...

This picturs are very beautiful!
Sorry for my bad english...but in Italy your mother have gold hand!
Happy birthday to your dear mom!

Mylene said...

Happy Happy Birthday to your MUM, Olga!!

Your mother's works are absolutely beautiful.
Thanks for sharing them.

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! Her works are gorgeous!

Cindy F. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLGA'S MOM!!
Wow! Your mom's stitchings are beautiful! Such wonderful heirlooms!

Irene said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom, her work is gorgeous !

Wendy said...

your mom's work is really nice.
it is also lovely to see that you appriciate your mom; work, and like to keep it in the famaly.
I hope my son will feel like that to when he's older.
happy birthday to your mom !

Felicity said...

Beautiful!!!

Loreta said...

С днем рождения твою маму! Какие милые и уютные ее вышивки - как и хочется вернутся в детсво, ах...:)

gazette94 said...

Happy bithday to your Mum, Olga, I can see that talent is hereditary !
It such lovely pieces of stitching to cherish !

NIKO said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Carla said...

Dear Olenka, your mother is a fairy! She's a needle's fairy. How talented she is! The big castle picture is amazing by itself, and even more when you say that at that time, stitchers was used to use only one or two colors. But everything, and also all the other needlework is simply magnificent. I found it so beautiful of your mother to give you the lovely pillow when your son was born! The two storks were, surely, very meaningful.

By appreciating the beautiful work of your mother, we can have an idea of what kind of person she is. She must have been being a wonderful and caring mother and a very neaty lady. I imagine that, with so often and complex work at the 80's she must be a very active and lucid person, what is surely a blessing.

Please, congrat your mom for her talent and also for being such a wonderful person and warming mom. Be proud of her!

Vee said...

Thank you for sharing your mom's beautiful handwork, I enjoyed this post so much. Happy Birthday to your mom.

Pumpkin said...

SO lovely Olga! I can see where you got your talents from :o) Those are some very special pieces. Happy Birthday to your mom!

Lia said...

Hi dear
Your mom´s work are so beatifull!!
I congrat her for her works and you for have a great mom like this!! Now I can undertand why you are a great talent too!!

Happy Birthday !!

Pintinhas said...

I must give felicities to you and to your mother you have a very good and fine taste to stitch. Congratulations

Joei said...

Wow, all your mom's work are so lovely. You got your talent from her. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dear mom!!!

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your Mum! Her stitching is absolutely beautiful:)

Dani - tkdchick said...

A HUGE Happy Birthday to your Mother and what beautiful work she's done!

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!!!

I love the work of your mom. I like the Castle too!

Shell said...

Your Mum has done some lovely projects.Hope she had a lovely day.

Яна said...

Оленька, я опять к тебе с благодарностями :))))
http://lovekrestik.blogspot.com/2009/02/blog-post_24.html

Theresa said...

Hello~
Just want to let you know I think your blog is fabulous and you just got an award from me~~

Theresa

brodstitch said...

So gorgeous!

siesta said...

Мудрый возраст, трогательные вышивки, прелестный пост! Присоединяюсь, хоть и с опозданием, но с искренними пожеланиями добра и здоровья твоей мамочке, Оленька!

Natalija said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!!!

Nataliya said...

Оленька, так поздно я ещё никогда не оставляла комментарии. Прости. Но тема этого поста такая, что слишком поздно не может быть. Родители - это святое и я от всей души поздравляю твои мамочку с её праздником! Мои искренние пожелания всего самого наилучшего!

Claudia said...

Happy belated BDay to your sweet mom!!! Her lovely stitched pieces are a pure treasure for you!!
Hugs, my sweet friend!
Claudia :)

Solstitches said...

Wishing your dear mother the very best of birthdays.
What beautiful projects she has done.

Nancy said...

I am sorry I haven't visited you in awhile. Thank you so much for sharing your mother's needlework, and it was pleasant to read how she decorated her home. I love vintage needlework, and I enjoyed this very much. Oh my she did amazing work! I love them all but especially the design of the pillow. I know you treasure these works very much!

Belated Happy Birthday to her.

Jean said...

It was really fun having a glimpse of some beautiful needlework from the past. I like seeing how some things have changed and other things have stayed the same. I think she has passed along some wonderful treasures and she should be proud of her work always.

Happy belated birthday!