Monday, April 27, 2009

Petites Lettres Rouges - Blackbird Designs


Design: Petites Lettres Rouges
Designer: Blackbird Designs - freebie available here
Threads: Stef Francis Fine Mercerised Cotton - Colour 41
Fabric: 28 count evenweave (jobelan) - antique white

I think I ought to rename this Petites Lettres Arcs-en-ciel, because of the rainbow of colours in it :o) They haven't come out very well, as it's a very dull and rainy day here today, and I wanted to email the picture to Alma and Barbara.

I loved stitching this, because using my great grandmother's name triggered many happy memories - she was so much fun, and always full of mischief, even when her health failed and she developed Alzheimer's. I've misplaced a CD of family photos, so I can't share any at the moment, but there is a classic one of granny pinching sweeties ...

My sister has a very strong resemblance to my great grandmother as a young woman. My grandmother too looked very like her mother. And my sister's child, my niece - bizarrely, given that she was born almost twenty years after the death of little great gran - has some of her mannerisms - and way of walking ;o)

I have to say, I look more like my other maternal great grandmother, but in character I think I'm more like my little great gran - I try not to take myself too seriously, certainly!


Vonna said...

A gorgeous finish filled with lovely memories! I think it is beautiful!

Carol R said...

Such a pretty interpretation of this very lovely sampler!

CindyMae said...

That turned out so pretty! I love the colors! Gorgeous work!

marci said...

Nic - I love this piece! Great work and what a nifty tribute.

mainely stitching said...

I think this turned out great, even with the less-than-ideal lighting for photos. And I just love hearing about your little great gran - she sounds so wonderful!

Kath said...

Hey Nic, just love the thread you have used in this piece, the colours are fabulous.

Didn't our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers have such an affect on us. I am sure they would all be very proud of us stitcher's keeping the craft alive.

Von said...

Look at the floss you chose! Very nice!! :)