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Saturday, March 29, 2014

....A true labor of love.. A fellow stitchers true gift~

~ I'm happy to share this with you all...


.... This was a most touching finishing for me.... Let me share a fellow stitchers story~~ .........

About a month ago, I opened an email..... With a heartfelt message.... It read....

"My stitching friend passed away and I was gifted a couple of her WIP's... I was honored by the family and have finished stitching the "Easter Peep" by With thy Needle & Thread.... I want carolinastitcher to finish it so I can give it to my deceased friends sister at Easter.... Would you be interested in taking on this project??"

As I read her words, I KNEW I could create something special and touching.... After all, she had taken the very linen, the very threads that her friend had selected and had stitched it to bring the piece some closure... Her words almost sounded as if it had given HER some closure and acceptance.....

Once the envelope arrived, I knew immediately what I would be doing... Something that would be meaningful, something with a slight twist... But nothing over the top... Let's face it, wanted the stitching to be the focus...

I looked closely to see if there was any way of telling where her stitches stopped and the others stitching began.... It was seamlessly stitched... Truly merged perfectly as if meant to be..... Her completion~

Here is my interpretation of what this most meaningful gift needed to be...


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.... I can see why this design was picked to be stitched.... It's precious~

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.... The details on the front needed to be subtle....


I knew my real design flair would be on the back of the finish..... So, I kept it simple yet meaningful.... Take a look~

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.... A couple pockets.... Where messages of sentiment might be tucked away... Or, perhaps, a note or handwritten recipe card she had left behind....

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I fell in love with the softly colored stitched tulips in the design.... So, I replicated the tulip on the back.... Peaking out of the pocket.... As if springing to life~

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...perhaps her stitching scissors would be tucked in the pocket... As a pleasant reminder that she loved to cross stitch and craft with her hands....


...A gift of significance.... Something her sister can hold on to.... Touch those wonderful tiny crosses and know she stitched them.... And that most caring friend took the time to complete~~

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I thank you Eileen for calling on me to be a part if this heart touching project.... As your friend is looking down from above, I know she embraces your kindness~ At Easter, I hope you and her sister rejoice her and make a special memory~~


... Hoping your weekend is wonderful....

Faye

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76 comments:

moosecraft said...

This little chick is so sweet! A perfect finish... and a heartfelt Easter gift!

Cathy said...

That is just beautiful. What a lovely tribute and so nicely finished!
Cathy
CraftyCat

Iris said...

What a beautiful tribute to a fellow stitcher.

denise said...

beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! love the fabric!:)

Melissa said...

Faye, you did a wonderful job for a special occasion!

Natasha said...

Faye, that is such a touching finish. I really LOVE the addition of the Tulip to the back. A gift to be remembered for many years to come and a special way to rememeber her sister.

Jannie said...

You're killin me, Faye. Makes me want to cry. That really brings meaning to a piece, doesn't it? What beautiful finishing you do. Can't wait to order my bags from you. God Bless You for your heart and your work.

BrendaS said...

Faye -- What a beautiful finish for such a special piece! You did it perfectly!!!

Eileen said...

Thank you, Faye, I am so touched that you chose to tell my story. My dear friend lives on in my heart, she would be so pleased with your beautiful finishing. An heirloom forever!
Love,
Eileen

Evelyne said...

What a lovely finish Faye.
Have a nice weekend.
Evelyne

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

What a wonderful sweet heart you are, I know there is a place in heaven for you when you need it, but not for along time yet. Bless you Hugs Lynda from Purple Pixie Dust

marly said...

This time I was choking back tears. You outdid yourself on this tribute.

Impera Magna said...

Beautiful... and what a wonderfully kind thing to do!

*reaching for a tissue*

Karen said...

What a beautiful finish... you really outdid yourself this time!

Kelly aka STITCHNMOMMA said...

What a touching story & beautiful finish!

KimM said...

This is such a touching post and a truly heartfelt gift of love.

cucki said...

It's is a very touching story and very pretty finish..
Hugs x

Sherri said...

Beautiful all around.

Teresa said...

a beautiful story for a beautiful finish
Teresa

Phyllis said...

Love the way you finished this! What a treasure this will be. I would love to find that pattern if anyone knows the designer.

Penny said...

Oh my.... what a beautiful story, and a beautiful keepsake. I am quite sure the recipient will be so touched to have this work started by her sister, knowing that two wonderful people helped to finish it for her....

Bianca said...

That is the sweetest story. I couldn't read it without getting a little misty eyed. Thank you for sharing it with us. The finishing is perfect. I love the pockets on the back and the idea of putting something in her memory in them. The tulip makes it extra special. You are so talented, Faye!

Vickie said...

I am so glad you shared this heart warming story Faye. Well done.

Keeper of the Crowes said...

It's adorable, Faye. You have such a gentle heart.

Von said...

You got this one just right, Faye. What a beautiful tribute. :)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Such a touching sentiment--yes I do have tears rolling down my cheeks

Lynn said...

This story is so touching and I think your finish is an amazing tribute to a fellow stitcher. Well done!

Pat Matejcek said...

all I can say is beautiful!

Elisabetta said...

..very sad...great finishing in her memory.

111 LaLa Lane said...

Heartfelt, indeed. It turned out just beautiful.

Jackie said...

Very touching and heartfelt Faye. I'm sure her family will treasure this special finish.

Susan Jividen said...

That is such a beautiful finish Faye!

P.J. said...
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P.J. said...

What a loving, thoughtful gift. Your color/pattern choice is perfect and the pockets add that wonderful sentimental touch. peace be with you.

Kathy F said...

Goosebumps.......that is one little pillow FILLED with love!!!!!

Margaret said...

That's just wonderful. Beautifully finished and with so much love involved.

Christine said...

OMG - I love it all from the background fabric to the tulip coming out of the pocket! You both did good!!

Christine said...

OMG - I love it all from the background fabric to the tulip coming out of the pocket! You both did good!!

Wanda said...

Oh Faye, what a beautiful finish! This is such a special story and a perfect finish to it. You are amazing and this gift you have finished will be cherished forever.

Monica said...

Most Excellent! I'm sure it will be a wonderful keepsake. You did an absolutely wonderful job!

blue star stitcher said...

What a wonderful thoughtful finish.

Krista said...

A beautiful and special finish!

Kathy L. said...

Beautiful!

Kathy

Simply Victoria said...

Such a thoughtful finish. It really speaks kindheartedness and care.

llknbillburg said...

Beautiful finish, as always. And what a wonderful community we belong to! Laura

Mii Stitch said...

I'm speechless. A beautiful story, finished beautifully by the both of you.

Kevin said...

What a moving story, and a beautiful creation you've finished as a lasting memory of her sister and the Stitcher's friend. Thanks for sharing with us, Faye. This really touched me.

jeffsrose35 said...

Absolutely priceless.......

Karol Johns said...

What a lovely story. The stitcher for doing the finishing and giving back and your beautiful finishing. I am sure it will be a special piece for the sister. Blessings to you

Linda said...

Beautiful and thoughtful finish for a very special piece.

Annmarie said...

Such a beautiful and creative finish and a heart rendering story. Thank you for sharing. I love when we remain part of someone's life through stitching.
ann

Cindy's Stitching said...

Really pretty Faye. wonderful job.

LaNelle said...

Faye, you are a angel here on earth this is a piece to be treasured! Such beautiful work....

Carol said...

Such a darling finish, Faye--the little pocket for notes is a beautiful touch!

Robin said...

Such a beautiful tribute to a dear friend! I am sure her sister will treasure it.

Woolwoman said...

Faye it's so special, thanks for sharing this with us. Mel

Linen Stitcher said...

This is such a touching story. Your details are exquisite and the workmanship is incredible! But most of all, I love how you embraced this project and truly tried to give the recipient a beautiful keepsake that was well thought out from top to bottom. Well done!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beautiful sentiment and lovely finishing! Thanks for sharing the love.

Judy said...

Such a beautiful finish for so such a touching story.

Sandy In Montana said...

Just Beautiful, Faye.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Sarah Beth said...

What was done would be exactly what I would have wanted if it were me. What a beautiful thing to do. Your story really moved me.

Annette-California said...

Beautiful tribute and finish you made to a fellow stitcher. Love all your thoughtfulness you put into a very special project. Especially the pickets in the back and the tulips you added - Perfect!!!
love Annette

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Its perfect Faye and a wonderful finish to behold. Thank you for sharing.

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Always lovely Faye and such a touching story. Thanks for sharing the tale behind the finish.

Giovanna said...

It's just beautiful, and made so special by your finishing - well done, Faye.

Andrea said...

How wonderful. Love the little pocket detail. It certainly will be something to cherish.

Bev said...

Quite simply beautiful xx

lisa said...

God Bless you...what a great tribute! Lisa K

Delania said...

Your finishes are amazing. I am inspired by every one of them. I struggle with finishing ideas so I love to see what you create. Your care and inspiration in this piece is beautiful.

msmartello said...

Such a special finish you created Faye! Something her sister will always have as a remembrance. This story made me tear up. I am very sentimental!

Anja´s Wunschpunsch said...

So cute and the finished is great.

Greetings
Anja

Ranae said...

It looks like it was finished with your special touches
The chick is way too cute

Jenny said...

Wow! Your work is so inspiring, Faye. Love the finish and the thought you've put into it. What a sweet memento for the family.

Pam in IL said...

This is so lovely and so touching! Beautiful stitching and beautiful finish too.

robin pichelmayer said...

That is so beautiful!

Jennifer said...

Wow. Simply amazing, and completely, utterly, wonderfully appropriate.