Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Family Tree

Just as it's nice to get together with old friends you haven't seen for awhile, it was so nice to see this family tree cross stitched piece that I had made for my late mother-in-law early on in my marriage. Being an only child, I was fascinated with the dynamics of the large family I had married into and soon learned of its complications and benefits.
My mother-in-law originally wanted a dozen children...she said she wanted this after reading the book "Cheaper by the Dozen." She was also devoutly Catholic, and ended up having 9 children of which 8 still are surviving. I also included my in-laws' parents, or my husband's grandparents near the roots of the tree. I then added my in-laws' children with the oldest one closer to the roots, and added the younger children as I went towards the top of the tree.

Thanks so much to my sister-in-law April for finding my old friend and sending the piece to me. I was surprised at how large the framed cross stitch was and that I had used Aida cloth as the fabric, so it also shows me how I've evolved in my stitching since now I use thread count linen for all my special stitching. Still, I think I did quite a good job back then...I tried to do something special for someone and I did myself proud.


Anonymous said...

I think it's lovely; you did do yourself proud. Hugs, viv

Annelies Dease said...

What a nice remembrance....and lovely that it has been gifted back to you. Hugs and enjoy. You always do beautiful work. XXX Annelies

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful and you did a great job, even though you must have been only 5 at the time. ;)
I'm happy that it made it's way back to you. Hugs, AlbertaA

Pam said...

What a beautiful piece of work ...and so wonderful that it's been given back to you.

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

I'm glad to have it back too...didn't want it to get lost or thrown away in the shuffle.