A spot of embroidery

After Nana found out she had cancer she started going through her things, giving some away, tidying up. She found a supper cloth she had started when her and Grandad got engaged. She’d run out of thread, got married, had 4 babies… life generally got away. So she gave it to Auntie Julie, who said she’d find someone to finish it.

 

Because Nana deteriorated so quickly Julie didn’t have time to get it done. She brought it to Golden Bay and all the cousins stitched on it. Nana had finished it all, apart from the red and orange petals. We stitched them over 3 days, with 2 of us working on it most of the time, in time to find a special place for it at the funeral. We all worked on it, even if it was just a stitch.

Nana chose the pattern for the ducks, as Grandad has always liked birds.

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I have been enjoying the embroidery Melissa has been doing lately, and have been wanting to do some freehand embroidery of my own, but was struggling to find the time. Last week I only took some muslin and embroidery threads to my craft group, and created these little designs to be turned into burp cloths for a couple of expectant mums I know. I really enjoyed the process and look forward to doing some more. Luckily I know many women having babies!

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4 Responses to “A spot of embroidery”


  1. 1 Miss 376 September 23, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    What a lovely way to celebrate her life. This table cloth will now mean so much to the whole family

  2. 2 melissa September 25, 2008 at 5:43 am

    oh jess, after reading this post, i have tears in my eyes! what a beautiful embroidered cloth (i really love the design) and it’s just so nice how all of the family worked on it a bit, in time for her funeral.

    do you know the short story ‘the silk’ by joy cowley? your post reminds me a bit of that. x

  3. 3 melissa September 25, 2008 at 5:44 am

    oops sorry forgot to mention, your stitching is lovely! that’s a good idea to make them into burp cloths, too- new mums can’t have enough of those.

  4. 4 Timmi July 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    That is truly inspiring!


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