Friday, September 18, 2009

NEW--Family Ties

In 1986, after returning home from my grandfather’s funeral in Virginia, I found a framed print of a wonderful poem about Family Ties. Having spent nearly a week with my family in Virginia, I was especially moved by the poem's sentiment. Although we are spread throughout the country, the family ties which forever bind us together are always there. I bought the print for my parents and another one for my aunt and uncle in Virginia.

When I was back in Virginia last month for my uncle’s funeral, I remembered the poem as I was gathering with members of my family. This lovely poem was the inspiration for this project.

Linen: 36-count Meadow Rue, Lakeside Linens & Designs, Inc.

Stitch Count: 204 wide x 168 high
Stitched Area size: 11-1/4 inches wide x 9-1/4 inches high
Recommended Linen Size: 17 x 15 inches

Silk Threads: Crescent Colours (Belle Soie), Gloriana Threads, and Needlepoint, Inc.

Crescent Colours (Belle Soie)
Old Crow

Gloriana Threads
Birch Brown
Old Gold
Olive Grove

Needlepoint, Inc.
202 Light Russet Red
206 Russet Red
208 Dark Russet Red
321 Light Williamsburg Blue
324 Williamsburg Blue
328 Dark Williamsburg Blue
877 Moonlight Pastel

DMC color substitutions for the silk threads are listed on the chart.

Stitches used: backstitch, closed herringbone, cross, satin, smyrna cross, straight, and vertical closed herringbone. Stitch diagrams are provided. If desired, cross stitches can be substituted for all but the straight and backstitches.

Valley House Primitives made the lovely frame. You can ask your favorite needlework shop to order the frame for you.


Margaret said...

Lovely, Ellen! I love the verse!

Deb said...

That's a beautiful verse and design.

Barbeeque4 said...

What a great design and lovely verse!

Gabi said...

This is gorgeous!!! Oh, this is a MUST HAVE for me.

Chrissie said...

I love this and it seems so fitting for me to have seen this this morning and in fact it brought tears to my eyes as last night we farewelled our darling daughter as she left for Africa to do some volunteer work there in an orphanage for two months.


Sandra said...

Gorgeous sampler Ellen with such a lovely verse - and blue birds too!!