Thursday, November 14, 2013

Returning to another love.

I have always played with fabric but another love has been counted thread embroidery. I haven't done a lot lately so it was nice to return to the rhythm of this sort of stitching. I have always loved doing cross stitch, hardanger and pulled thread work. Don't ask me to do more free form work - I am hopeless at stitches like grub roses and satin stitch. I am happy with doing back stitch and stem stitch though.

I am in a few swaps this year for Christmas and for one of them I decided to make something in cross stitch. I can't show you yet but I will when ......?...... has received it. I have really enjoyed stitching again.


I have been absent quite a bit this year. Last May my mother was hospitalized after a fall and her health went down from there. I'm an only child and so I had to check on regularly as well as doing her housework and shopping. (Which is something I don't like doing even for myself). In September I had to take her to hospital again, as she had no strength to do anything and was suffering from a diabetic condition - her weight had gone down to around 31 kilograms and she wasn't managing anything at all. After a lot of medical care she is picking up and we have been lucky enough to get her into an aged care facility. So now I am able to relax as I know she is being looked after. The next issue is to start cleaning up her old place, which is going to present a new set of issues as she is a fairly bad hoarder, and is going to find it hard to let go of anything. Wish me luck !

So now I am looking forward to catching up with all things I started before all this happened, but I have to get all my secret stuff sent off first. It is an exciting time of the year !

 

13 comments:

debbie said...

Your stitching is beautiful. I love cross stitch too, but I always choose patterns that seem to take a lifetime to complete...xx debbie

Susan said...

Beautiful stitching. I used to do a lot of cross stitch ages ago. Seeing some of the projects around (including yours) is tempting me to have another go. It can be a difficult stage of life, I'm sure your Mum is thankful that you can be there for her. Take care. X

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your cross stitch is lovely Lynda..

Lynny said...

lovely work love the pink I too have been out of action for awhile but have moved to Deception Bay and finally got the computor set up this week, hugs

gracie said...

Looks very pretty....

Dasha said...

I loooove embroidery! I haven't done much in recent years, but I do occasionally get to do some embroidery. Unlike you, I love grubs as well :0. I also like applique - both needle turn and blanket stitch. But I haven't tried hardanger.
Good to hear issues with your Mum are sort of sorted. I don't envy you the clearing of the house. I had to do that when my parents died, and more recently D & I went to the UK to clear out his Mum's house so it could go for sale when she moved. It's no fun. Hugs.

Maree: said...

I wish I had the Patients for this work love yours its so pretty

Anita said...

Lovely stitching! I used to do cross stitch.....don't have the patience for it anymore. Sorry to hear about your mum but glad you have found a place for her where she can get the care she needs.

Anita said...

Lovely stitching! I used to do cross stitch.....don't have the patience for it anymore. Sorry to hear about your mum but glad you have found a place for her where she can get the care she needs.

Chookyblue...... said...

glad you have your mum into care......hopefully she will gain some weight and be looked after 24/7.......glad you have got to get back into some sewing time.........

don't envy you with the house......don't bring anything home............

Fiona said...

good to hear you can relax and sew a bit and that your mum has found a good place to live..... love your stitching... so ultra neat!
Hugz

Deb R said...

Lovely stitching, glad to hear your Mum I getting better and things can settle down now.

Susan said...

I do sometimes miss cross stitch too...just not enough time for it all. Yours is looking lovely.
I'm glad your Mum is sorted - I know that has been a huge drain on your emotional resources - as well as time.