Saturday, July 3, 2010

New life for an old stitchery

photo album_001 My mom is an accomplished knitter, but she did try her hand at stamped cross-stitch once.  She made a pillow from a kit.  The cross-stitching was done with yarn, which may be why it appealed to her.

The pillow was finished back in the 1970’s sometime, and was part of our family room decor for years.  Naturally, a certain amount of wear and tear was endured until my mom finally put the pillow away.

When my folks were downsizing their belongings in preparation for their move, we found the pillow.  Years in the attic had not done anything to improve its appearance.  It looked tired.  Mom was reluctant to part with her handwork, but she knew  the old pillow had served its purpose and that there was no place for it in their new home.

My fast-thinking sister took a pair of scissors, cut away  the cross-stitched portion of the  pillow top, and  quickly stuck it in her bag without my Mom seeing it.  She brought it home and gently hand washed it.  The colors were renewed, and the background fabric shed it’s coat of dust.

My sister gave me the stitchery to see what I could do with it.  This is what it looked like when I got it:
pillow before

And here is what it looks like now:
pillow after
I found an apple green fabric in the home dec department that really gave a fresh look to the colors. Then I sashed it like a quilt block, popped in a brand new pillow form, and gave it a fresh start.

We are going to give it to Mom at her upcoming birthday.  I can’t wait to see what she thinks.

Today I am grateful for:
      A quick thinking sister who saw the possibilities in my Mom’s handwork.


  1. It is beautiful. I am so glad your sister thought quick enough to take it. You did a lovely job on it and that green fabric is so perfect for it. Your Mom is going to be very pleased with it. What a nice gift for your Mom.

  2. What a wonderful gift for your Mom. The pillow is beautiful and I'm sure she'll be really pleased. Very thoughtful -

  3. Awww, that is so touching! She is truly going to be surprised and thrilled when she sees it!!

  4. That's beautiful! I remember that sort of cross stitch from the 1970's - did I just put that in print? Yikes. Your mom will love it and hopefully it will one day come back to you.

  5. Wow, that's pretty. Your Mom will be so happy when she gets this.

  6. That was a loving thing on the part of both your and your sister. It looks great and I'm sure your mom will be so pleased.

  7. Very pretty. The stitching looks lovely framed with the soft green fabric. Your mother will surely be blessed to see her handiwork brought back to life by such thoughtful daughters.

  8. WONDERFUL! Please show us a pic of her opening "her" gift! :)
    It's so beautiful!!! Great work!

  9. Has the birthday happened yet? I'm sure mom will be so tickled!

  10. It's beautiful. I betting there will be some tears of joy!


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