One of the number one things on my list of to do's in this new year is cleaning out the clutter! We live in a rather big house with a big barn which makes it easy to lose track of just how much stuff there is. As the kids have grown older and some have moved out, this is the year that I am determined to unload.
I told Ken the other day, I was going to start with our huge closet which has become a catch all for stuff we don't know if we want to keep or not. As I was hoeing, I came upon my old needlework. There was a time in my life that my passion for counted cross stitch could rival my now passion for fiber.
Just the other day, Marcia and I were comparing notes in our similarities with the things we had managed not to get finished. We both had a pretty good list going and I had not even thought of my needlepoint...sigh. Now that they are out, they are getting pressed and going to a framer to be framed!
Here are a few of my favorites...
The little bunny above was meant for Hannah's baby room, you can see how that went....maybe Hannah's baby?
I so enjoyed working on Johnny Appleseed. If you look closely you can see that I completed this sampler in 1987....22 years ago! YIKES! My sister in law had worked on this piece and I loved her framed version so much that I did one myself. Framed? Sheesh...of course not.
The ABC sampler that I made for Ashley's room when she was just a little one..........another present I will have for a future grandchild :)
This basket was also finished in 1987...I think I was on an apple kick that year. Actually I love that brick red color. It was my favorite back then and still is today. Good thing....once framed they will fit in nicely here. :)
Now you all know that pink is not my color, but at the time I stitched this, I had a lot of pink in my kitchen and this would have fit in perfectly. The pink is gone....but I love this little sampler enough that somehow I will find a place for it. It's such a happy little picture, don't you think?
...and finally....this one is my favorite. I started this sampler back in 1988 and did not finish it until 1993. This was another sampler that my then sister in law had done and I just loved it. Worked on a very very fine linen, it survived my divorce, a death and finally a remarriage before it was finished. This will be the first one that will be framed! Sadly this is the one sampler that has a few stains. I think that I will overdye the sampler with a tea stain to blend in with what appears to be either a water stain or coffee stain. I'm sure it will be ok...it will just looked a bit aged...like me :).
I am not sure how I forgot about these little treasures. I guess it is a good thing to clean out the corners of one's closets now and then. :)