This needlepoint was on an old stool that belonged to my grandmother. I decided to frame it. It really stands out in the white frame. When I was putting this piece in the frame, it was interesting to look at its back side. It was a knotted and jumbled mass of thread. It was amazing to turn it over and see the perfect pattern that came forth from such a chaotic mess. This speaks to me of our lives and how miraculously God can turn our imperfect lives into something quite beautiful as we yield to His work in us.
Monthly Archives: September 2014
Lately I have been interested in old needlework. Perhaps I am realizing how much time must have gone into these antique treasures. It is becoming more rare to find things these days that took such time and detailed work. I remember doing cross-stitch pieces when I was a young woman. It took many long months to make the North Carolina Tarheel Mascot, Ramses for my husband’s 30th birthday. It now proudly hangs in the office next to his college diploma. We must cherish these heirlooms from our family and remember their labors of love.
I have inherited a collection of quilts that were in my mother’s family. I love to look at the different patterns and color combinations. Recently, my mother let me take an old red and brown quilt home with me that was in one of her old cupboards. Mother was tempted to throw it away since it was in bad condition. I took it to a quilt lady who is restoring it for me. Mother says that her great aunt made it some time in the 1880’s or 1890’s. The fabric probably came from clothing that was worn at the time. The pattern is known as Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The quilt lady is using reproduction fabrics to applique over the damaged areas. There were bits of old letters attached to the back of each quilt piece. She has saved these so that we can hopefully discover more of our family history through piecing letters together. I will be very excited to get it and add it to my collection and display it in my home.