Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cross-stitch

Many of you are aware that my hubby likes to do cross-stitch in his spare time.  His work is gorgeous and his workmanship is meticulous.  People are always amazed when they look at the back -they say “it looks almost as good as the front”.  

P7081677 Here is a pretty old home with a lovely country garden.

P7081676This gated garden is based on a Thomas Kincaid painting.  Would you believe that all the flowers are multitudes of tiny French knots. 

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 He stitched this one because I love the beach so much.  Right now he is working on a tea theme sampler for me.

P7081674Sometimes he likes to stitch something that is more to his taste like these wild horses.

P7081675 He did a couple in this birds pattern.  One was a gift for his sister Dianne.

These pieces are all quite large.  Sometimes he likes to make smaller pictures and every year he makes me some cross-stitch Christmas cards to send to a few friends and family.

P7081682 All of these and many more are tucked away in boxes, since the cost of framing these days is ridiculous.  They have not been stretched, etc. and so are a little wrinkled.

His last completed piece is a large Winnie the Pooh birth stats picture with a checkerboard border.  He has stitched the same pattern for each of our three grandkids, but this latest one has a lot more pink – hooray!

My uncle Tony used to knit socks to relax (he also made his own wine).  I’m curious - how many of you know men who do needlework?

14 comments:

Lisa Leggett said...

Wow! Those pieces are gorgeous and have such beautiful, they must take F.O.R.E.V.E.R!

Just Out of curiosity, how long does something like that take, say for example the Wild Horses piece?

Amazing!

Val said...

Wow...I'm rather ashamed of my work, compared to his! The birds are just lovely, and I, of course, love the old style house!

When my grandfather first retired (he was a butcher) he took up embroidery. He made me a crib sheet set, and a few other pieces. Eventually, though, his arthritis made it impossible for him to hold on to a needle, so he gave it up.

Diane said...

Wow! His fingers must FLY! These are beautiful!
Diane

Teresa of Southern Touch Catering said...

Wow! He is certainly talented. I love the beach scene the best too, although the garden gate is quite lovely.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I can tell that is beautiful cross stitch work! That house is amazing! I don't know any men that do any crafting, I did cross stitch at one time and it was very relaxing especially for a type A person like me. One year I did cross stitch gifts for everyone in my family and all of my friends. I was the most exciting Christmas I remember I was so excited to give everyone their gift

Carol

Marilyn said...

My daughter met her ex-husband at a knitting group. Too bad the marriage didn't last, but my daughter learn to know from him.

Every piece your husband does is just beautiful.

GrannySue said...

Holy cow, what beautiful work. I don't know any men who actually do any kind of stitching work although I know some who are crafty in a different sort of way. Christmas Cards, too!!! Wow. I have a stupd question, though, is this what is also called 'needlepoint'? It is amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! What beautiful work your husband does! I'm am truly amazed. He doesn't do the 1 2 3 we're done pieces - he does the blown out huge pieces! Just gorgeous. This must mean he is a very patient man! :)
I don't know of any men who do needlework. Wait, I do remember long ago on Captain Kangaroo that Rosie Greer, the former football player, did needlepoint! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marlena said...

I once met Rosie Greer, a very large football player, many years ago backstage at a play and had a lovely chat about needle point, which he made scads of. I think he also wrote a book about needlepoint. My cousin knit cotton socks for himself, due to his allergies.

Angela McRae said...

I continue to be astonished at your Don's wonderful cross-stitch! Even during my best cross-stitching days I just didn't have the stick-to-it-ness necessary to accomplish anything more than a small piece. His work really is stunning. And I do know two men who cross-stitch. One's a mechanical engineer, the other a Marine, I believe ...

Linda J. said...

Wow! I am impressed. I did cross stitching in an earlier life (when my girls were young and I spent a lot of time waiting at dance lessons, piano lessons, baton lessons and more). Your husband's work is fabulous!

Susan said...

His work is ART ! He must have great eyesight ! Amazing detail!
Beautiful ! Lucky you to be married to such a talented man!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi parTea Lady :) :) Wow, I wanted to check out your blog and I love all the tea things!!! There's something of a kindred spirit that I find in other people who love tea. I love these cross-stitch works of art. I do counted cross-stitch too. ..you can see some examples in one of my earlier posts. They were in storage for a long time, so they do need to be cleaned up. I don't have money to frame them yet..but I'm very meticulous about the backside of my cross-sttich too. If you ever post a photo of the backside of one of your hubby's pieces, please let me know. I'd like to see it, to see if there's something I can do better!!!! I think that's so COOL that your hubby does cross-stitch. I love it when a guy can work the craft needles!!! Thanks for paying my blog a visit. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :) :) :)

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi parTea Lady :) :) Wow, I wanted to check out your blog and I love all the tea things!!! There's something of a kindred spirit that I find in other people who love tea. I love these cross-stitch works of art. I do counted cross-stitch too. ..you can see some examples in one of my earlier posts. They were in storage for a long time, so they do need to be cleaned up. I don't have money to frame them yet..but I'm very meticulous about the backside of my cross-sttich too. If you ever post a photo of the backside of one of your hubby's pieces, please let me know. I'd like to see it, to see if there's something I can do better!!!! I think that's so COOL that your hubby does cross-stitch. I love it when a guy can work the craft needles!!! Thanks for paying my blog a visit. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :) :) :)

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