Sunday, December 23, 2007

My First Love!


When I was little, I can remember asking my Mother and Grandmother to teach me how to embroider. They took an old raggedy dresser scarf that was stained and torn, wrote my name on it in simple letters, and gave me a threaded needle and showed me how to make a simple back stitch. I finished my name, and I thought I was just the greatest because I now knew how to embroider!

I wish I still had that little scrap I completed that day. I would frame it and give it a special place in my home -- only because of the special memories it gave me to hold on to forever and always.

I guess that is why I just love the simple stitcheries with sayings on them. I can just envision children living during the turn of the century times learning to make their stitches even and perfect on all kinds of old linens -- dish cloths, doilies, dresser scarves, etc. Over the past few years, I have stitched literally hundreds of these myself. I think I became obsessed with them! And most are done on dresser scarves, doilies, etc., that already have some type of vintage embroidery already done on them.

The Lord told the parents of the Isrealite homes to be sure that they taught their children the ways and words of God. They were to "Write it upon their hearts" and "Write it upon their walls" so they would not be forgotten. Well, I have taken Scripture verses, hymns, little poems and rhymes and have made these stitcheries so He would never be forgotten.

In the next few weeks, I plan on listing many of these stitcheries on Ebay. I really hate to part with any of them. They became a part of me as I was stitching them!


kathyann said...

Cora I too love framed embroidery espesially favorite sayings or short prayers,words that inspire,they all have a place in our homes.My daughter made me a cross stitch of my birth sign Virgo, I know she worked at it long into the night to get it finished for Christmas and that makes it even more special.I hope you had a lovely Christmas and lets pray for a brighter ,peaceful and happier new year!!!,By the way I left you a comment on your 2nd Dec posting "Heaven".love from Kathyann at meg's mum's muffins

Beemoosie said...

What a beautiful post! I love embroidery for similar reasons; the memories of my Grandmother teaching me the art.
Blessings to you and yours!