This giveaway was inspired by one of the responses to last month’s post about how we learned to needlepoint.
My grandmother Mimi and my godmother Kappy gave me a needlepoint canvas with a grey donkey already stitched in the middle, and I learned by tent stitching the background. My godmother told me that the donkey carried Jesus on its back and that was why the donkey stillhas a cross in fur on its back. I sat on that pillow for many years, but I never became too famous. Whenever I stitch they guide me.
That got me thinking about my early projects. My first project was a pair of Persian Wool “pocket” patches which were supposed to go on your jeans. I saw them in Seventeen Crafts on September 1970 and had to have them. My parents took me to the only shop they knew, the shop had them and we bought it.
I was entranced. I think I made both within a week and went back to the shop to buy more canvas and different colors of wool to make more. I probably copied that design and made a dozen pockets.
Happily I never actually put them on jeans or tried to wash them.
I doubt if I would have continued if confronted with the combination of mis-shaped interlock canvas and shrunk wool.
The oldest piece of mine which is still around is a pillow I designed and stitched for my high school friend, Dot. It’s a big red dot in the middle of a white square, all in Tent Stitch. I only knew Continental and didn’t know that if you stitched in odd shapes it shows on the front, so I think it’s terrible, but Dot loves it.
So in the comments section tell us about your first project. Throughout the month I’ll share some stories of my early adventures along with sharing some of yours.
The winner, randomly chosen on July 15, will get a selection of threads.