Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Crewel Embroidery ~ A Favorite Thing

Last week on A Favorite Thing Saturday, Linda of A La Carte shared a lovely cross-stitch piece that she had made for her parents. It is sweetly simple in design but carries a beautiful sentiment -- you can see it here.

Well, that lovely stitchery brought to mind a crewel embroidery picture that I had made for my mother's birthday in 1972. And, since her birthday was a few days ago (she would be 101), this is a perfect time to share this embroidery.

She hung it between the living room and dining room on a portion of wall that was between the opening to the hall (from the living room) and the swinging door to the kitchen (from the dining room). There was no wall between the two rooms -- just one big open room that spanned the width of the house. Anyway, it fit just right there and looked bright and cheery against her light green walls.

When she died in 1978, my father asked me if I would like it back, and of course, I did. And it has hung on a wall in each of the several houses I have lived in since. Now it is hanging in my sun porch, and I smile when I see it. The flowers are still bright and cheery after all these years! Hey, I just thought of this:  my walls are light green too (even though photo editing doesn't show that)!!

This was in a kit and when I was almost done, I ran out of the crewel yarn for the bricks! Oh no!! I searched high and low and finally found some that was close to the color -- I don't think anyone else ever noticed, but of course, I did!! And that bugged me no end! Can you tell where the substitute color is?

A friend of mine made the frame for me, using a wood molding with a brick design to mimic the brick in the stitchery.

I really like the fuzzy centers of the flowers -- I remember them being somewhat difficult to do and I clipped one or two of them a bit too close, but I like the 3-D effect!

And, of course, what matters is that my mother loved it, 
and that it brought her joy.

♥♥♥   Linking to A Favorite Thing Saturday over at Mockingbird Hill Cottage
           and to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

                                How Sweet the Sound



  1. Lovely! I really like crewel work! Do kits ever come with enough yarn/thread??

  2. Priceless. You created a lovely gift for your mother and now it's back in your home, full of memories. Beautiful stitching, by the way, and I love the frame.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  3. It's just beautiful ...the colors, the stitchery, and the story of it! :)

  4. That is sooo pretty. I know your Mom must have loved it!!! I have a crewel needlework piece that my Mom made and it now hangs in my family room.

  5. What a wonderful treasure you have filled with many memory stitches.

  6. Hi Sarah, If you hadn't mentioned the color change I would never had known.
    What a beautiful piece of work!
    I recently found a nice one at the flea market and had to buy it.
    Happy Pink Saturday..xo Tami

  7. This is beautiful, Sarah. I know your mom must have loved it. I used to do a lot of embroidery back in the 70's. All of my work has disappeared over the years. Maybe it is time to take it up again.


  8. Hi Sarah,

    Your crewel embroidery picture is stunning! I have done cross stitch, but never crewel. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece with us. I am visiting from Pink Saturday.

  9. Sarah, I'm so glad my post about my cross stitch piece reminded you of this lovely crewel work! The flowers are so pretty and I too love the fuzzy centers! I'm so glad you shared this with us! Big Hugs, Linda

  10. woow.that´s a great job :)
    and do not miss.....




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  11. That's so pretty! My mom used to make these, and I remember she liked the puffy center to the flowers too! =0)
    from Blogging Buddies

  12. What fun! Very pretty and so glad that you have it and all the memories that go with it!

  13. I love doing crewel embroidery, or any kind of needlework, although I don't do as much as I used to (just small projects here and there). Love this colorful piece.

  14. Yay, I found another vintage and antiques fun blog. I love Flea markets! I am following you now. Feel free to stop by my blog.

    Abi K

  15. How nice that you have the piece and that it reminds you of your mother, and the joy it brought her. It's very nice!


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