This first hand-stitched card was made in honor of my Mom's 80th birthday. She is a master cross-stitcher and one amazing crafter in so many areas, and it had been my desire for some time to find a way to make the nicest cards I could make using stitching of some kind.
I apologize for the poor quality of the photo, I didn't take photos before leaving for the east coast of Canada and was forced to use my Ipod to take a few photos--lesson learned!!! ALWAYS leave time to take some photos with a decent camera.
When I found the Paper Smooches cross-stitch die, I was one happy person!!! I've watched my Mom stitch but only once did a tiny piece of cross-stitch many years ago. I have created 30+ hand-stitched backgrounds and a few tags that I will be using to make a set of all-occasion cards for my Mom to send to her stitching friends, and as those are completed, I will be uploading them.
This project has taught me that stitching is fun, it is very relaxing, and I plan to do more. Most of the backgrounds consist of patterns that I have created, and that too was fun.
My goal was to create a birthday card that my Mom would see that I had made an effort to create something really special just for her, and from her reaction, I think I succeeded, and THAT is what means the most to me.
I hope to learn some more stitches than what I've used on the first 30 background pieces, what I have learned so far was from watching a Jennifer McGuire YouTube on hand-stitching, she has subsequently recorded a few more, she loves hand-stitching, and I now understand why people find stitching so relaxing and enjoyable.
I spent about 2 months creating the 30 hand-stitched backgrounds, and I look forward to finishing them and sending my Mom a large set of assorted cards that she will be able to give to her crafty friends. A very small token of my love, appreciation, and respect that I have for my Mom, who has given so much to me and to our family.
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018 GMT Views: 518
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Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 5:07 PM
I'm patiently waiting for my die to arrive so I can make a few cards. I've always loved cross stitching and used fabric before and added them on the front of the card. You did a great job on this and your mother will be thrilled. Love the thread, needle, thimble and scissors.
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Tue, Jul 24, 2018 @ 2:41 PM
Joanne, this is such a beautiful stitched card, and it's truly one that was done with love and care! My mom was an excellent cross-stitcher as well (and I did some years ago), and I know how relaxing it can be, which is always good for us. I'm sure your mom was delighted for many reasons. You are a precious daughter!! Thank you for your lovely comments on my cards. You are very dear! Hugs and love! xoxo