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!