Goodness knows what she would have made of my fun poll!! I was heartened to see that lots of people are also less than neat where it doesn’t show. I thought I’d be brave and actually show you the back of a recent creation – here’s the front –
I think I have probably mentioned before that I come from a long line of accomplished needlewomen. I certainly would not place myself in that category … and the above is one of the reasons why….. This embroidery and its mirror twin are two of my most treasured possessions. They were worked by my grandmother’s grandmother in the early to mid-19th century. Her name was Mary Parker and when she completed these she was only nine years old. Yes – nine years old. Amazing!
Look at the beautiful stitching! It’s hard to see properly in these photos because I keep them behind glass – but each stitch is a tiny tiny cross stitch no bigger than a pinhead. And I adore the cat’s whiskers! There are a pair – and she was only NINE years old!! So, I am sorry to say that over the generations standards have definitely slipped within my family. I love stitching and think I am reasonably neat, but I could never approach Mary’s standards.
And the back! It feels like showing my underwear! (Not that I ever do .. in public, that is .. but I think it would feel like this!)
I think I fall into the middle category – not as good as the front, but not too bad. No knots anyway. My mum explained that knotting thread at the beginning of my work meant my first stitch was not secure as the knot could wobble about and slip. So I don’t knot. But I do hop about a bit where no one can see.
Just hopping off now in fact!! Got to finish some robins (more about these another time – closer to Christmas!) Sew long folks ..