Goodbye to my old lady

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I know we all in the stitching community love our dear pets so I felt you all would be good people to share this with. I have mentioned once or twice before that our family has a feline member-this is my stitching buddy, Kiwi.

I was only 22 or 23 here! And Kiwi was just barely out of kitten-hood.

Kiwi died today. I am so sad. She had turned 19 in July so she was a really old lady. She was just the best, sweetest cat. When the kids were babies (actually the youngest is almost 3 so for the past 12 years that we’ve had babies) she had always been so tolerant of them, never scratched or bit any of them! In fact when we had preschool play dates over at the house, she would plop down amid all the little children and they would pet her or play around her and she would just meow at them until she’d had enough and would move out of the way.

Here she is playing with my oldest…and having her dinner monitored by my youngest…pictures taken about 10 years apart.

This is the best most recent picture I have. In old age, Kiwi would still jump up on the couch to sit with me every night when I would stitch. She stopped jumping up a couple weeks ago, and was in a fast decline all week.

We feel so blessed that Kiwi was able to die peacefully, and rather quickly at home this weekend. She had a very good life and brought us a lot of joy. I will really miss her! Good bye, old lady!

September Smalls Check In

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It wasn’t too hard to finish up my small for this month! This is the Summer Garden Needlebook by Stacy Nash. The kit came with the cardboard ovals, batting, fabric, and ribbon. I’m so glad not to have to cut my own ovals! I made a round needlebook from JBW earlier this year so I’m familiar with this style of finish and it shouldn’t be too hard. Anyway, look for the FFO next month at Rachel’s FFO Gallery check in!

What have you stitched this month? Share below and I’ll be sure to come visit your blog over the next week or so!

Bathya Update

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I finished the top text! “I Bathya Wormo Wrought This”. The satin stitch is hard to make nice over 3 linen threads but I’m pleased with how it looks. Jo said it looked alien and I agree. It’s really something to see in person with the raised letters. In the light, the white silk has reflections and shadows that make the letters look super 3D. Can you tell I like the bottom whitework band better than the middle one? It is a lot easier to do. The middle one is really tricky. I need to watch the tutorial on it again.

I was tired a couple nights ago and needed some easy stitching, and I just couldn’t resist adding some color.

I did the row of double back stitch, AKA closed herringbone stitch (a favorite stitch of mine to do, it has such a nice flow!). And the first letters in reversible cross stitch.

Here is the secret of the reversible cross stitch. Look closely and you can see, for one thing, all the X’s do not cross the same way.

Getting a cross on the front and back is more important than the crosses being the consistent. Back in the day, knowing how to make your letters with reversible cross stitch was important for putting initials on laundry so the laundress could keep everyone’s underwear and sheets sorted out since they all looked so similar.

Also, you can see that there are horizontal or vertical stitches located between some of the crosses.

You try to hide them as best you can (putting them between 2 stitches and not on an edge if you can). They are traveling stitches so you can move from one X to another without leaving any extra stitches on the back.

And look even closer-some of the X’s legs get doubled, also serving as traveling stitches.

You can’t tell so much when just looking casually, but studying the original sampler, Nicola Parkman who charted this sampler discovered all these tricks that Bathya used to make her sampler reversible. It’s so interested what the historical stitcher prioritized compared to what we prize in proper stitching today.