Happy Boxing Day! Well, at least it will be by the time you read this. I am actually writing this on August 6th, but can’t share this finish until after Christmas.
Last August when I visited my parents, my dad and I went through admiring his stitching stash. He has been almost exclusively model stitching, and hasn’t had the chance to do much for himself. He has collected all of Silver Lining’s patterns, and especially loves the lighthouses. As a surprise, I had my mom pick out one of the patterns and mail it to me on the sly. For Christmas last year I found this great antique tin candy box with a Schooner on it, and teased him with it being a hint of things to come… Apparently it has been driving him mad these last months. Of course he is getting practical use of it by storing stitching supplies in it, so I am glad he is enjoying it. I wish I could be there when he opens it, and knows he will be just thrilled!
I stitched Truro on 32 count Mercedes linen (hand dyed, naturally, by my favorite Picture This Plus). I wasn’t sure what I would do with this linen when I first got it, and almost sold it on eBay, but knew this would be just so perfect for this project!
Super excited to be done with this because I am normally a “screaming rotation” stitcher, and I have had to dig in and focus on just this piece to get it done in a reasonable time frame. Now when we have our Wipocalypse check-ins I will have something to show progress on, as opposed to just claiming I have been working on something that I can’t share. In fact, when I was rooting around, raiding my WIPs for one last strand of 3371, I opened up my MLI Celtic Band Sampler, remembered how much i have enjoying working on it, and think I will put in some work on it. Also, one completion deserves at least another start (at least! Especially since I disciplined myself to focus on one piece!), so maybe I will start Giovanni’s Alphabet, which dad kitted for me as a Christmas gift last year. Of course I am also excited to be done with this because those bushes? Confetti Stitching. Took me WEEKS. Blech.