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Cross Stitching

I didn't learn to cross stitch until 1987, when I was largely confined to bed during the last months
of pregnancy with my daughter. I had always been partial to crewel embroidery and candlewicking,
but I soon found cross stitching to be quite a lot of fun.



Completed 1990

Completed 07 July 1990
  Design which appeared on the cover of the June/July 1990 issue of "Cross Stitch Quick & Easy" magazine which inspired my prize-winning adaptation. This won a major prize in a national contest! I changed some of the dishes to appear as Jadite, and added my favorite scripture.  

Completed 31 May 1991 Completed 23 May 1992  Completed 2 Nov 1992 Completed 16 Jan 1993 Completed 9 Mar 1993

I charted the scripture from The Book of Mormon, and added it to a border design.

A quick refrigerator magnet, to which I added a scripture

A Diane Brakefield beaded design, with colors changed and shape adapted, made for Lewis and Mary's second anniversary

I charted the scripture, and added it to the adorable pig designed by Diane Brakefield of Caldwell, ID.

This is my original design.





Completed 17 Apr 1993 Completed 26 July 1993 Completed 28 July 1993 Completed 1 Aug 1994  

I adapted this design, "Country Antiques" by Carol Schick of Montoursville, PA so that the bottle would appear to be made of cobalt glass in honor of my collection.


Another of my original designs, this one of a quotation by Jerry Seinfeld


I stitched this design of a Confederate Cavalryman when I still had delusions that I could honor my Confederate ancestors (which I do), without appearing to be a racist (which I decidedly am not).

I charted the scripture enclosed in a ribbon border designed by another, which I have found to be very versatile.




Favorite Designers:

Diane Brakefield of Caldwell, ID

Frankie Buckley

Kathie Rueger

Maureen Doherty of Portland, OR

Mary Ellen Yanich of Swansboro, NC

Sam Hawkins of Columbia, SC


Favorite Sites:


Current Projects:

1. A Christmas ornament for friends designed by Terrie Lee Steinmeyer from the Premier issue (1989) of "Celebrations" magazine.  Stitched on 14-count red Aida, and framed by a crocheted wreath.
COMPLETED 10/18/02!

2. A Stoney Creek Collection design from their July/August 1994 issue entitled "Season of Love".  I put it in a 4" x 6" gold frame as a gift for my niece, Shari.
COMPLETED 12/26/02!

3. A Christmas bunny pull toy design tree ornament for my sister, Eleanor.
COMPLETED 12/26/02!

4. A large wedding sampler for friends married on 11/30/01.  Based on a design called "Christmas Doves" by Donna Sadler, I obtained it from Copy Cat Designs.
It is personalized and stitched on 18-count ivory Aida.

Almost done - will be a nice 18-month
anniversary gift.

 5. Two small wedding samplers for friends
being married on 12/26/02 and 01/17/03.  I'm using two card designs by Ellen Maurer-Stroh, and personalizing them with their complete birth and marriage data.

The first was COMPLETED on 01/25/03 - the day of the reception. 

The second design (for the earlier wedding) will be presented at the open house to be held in the spring.  It's barely begun - plenty of time!

  6. A Christmas card holder for us, cross stitched on 18-count ivory Aida, and quilted with muslin, filled with batting, and trimmed with cobalt blue and ivory ribbons. 
It was adapted from a cross stitch design
("I Believe in Angels") by D. Morgan in the Premier Issue (1989) of "Celebrations" magazine, and a noncredited design in the Mar/Apr 1992 issue of "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts" magazine.

 This stitching is half-done.  I'll finish it for next year.



When I was little, my mother used to sew a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing.
She informed me that she was embroidering. From the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little
round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.

She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "You go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished
with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side."

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled
from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "Child, come and sit on my knee."

This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower, or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy.

Then Mother would say to me, "Child from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was
a plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."

Many times through the years I have looked up to heaven and said, "Father,
what are you doing?"

He has answered, "I am embroidering your life."

I say, "But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The thread seems so dark. Why can't they all be bright?"

The Father seems to tell me, "My child, you go about your business of doing my business and one day I will bring you to Heaven
and put you on My knee and
you will see the plan from My side."

- Unknown

"A fair little girl sat under a tree,
Sewing as long as her eyes could see;
Then smoothed her work, and folded it right,
And said, "Dear work, good-night, good-night."

~ Richard Monckton Milnes, "Good-Night and Good-Morning"

(1809 - 1885)

"I pray that, risen from the dead,
I may in glory stand ~
A crown, perhaps, upon my head,
But a needle in my hand."

~ Eugene Field, "Grandma's Prayer, Stanza I"

(1850 - 1895)

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