Sunny afternoons and autumn stitching …

I don’t know about you, but when I look at some of my completed projects I am immediately transported back to where and when I was stitching them.  So for me, my English Cottage Tea Cosy will be forever long warm afternoons in the summer house at Coombe Leigh …

And my Woodland Deer Cushion brings back memories of cosying up in front of the blazing woodburner on dark November days last year …

Which makes my current wip a little confusing!  I took it with me on holiday and spent several happy hours stitching on my sun lounger next to the pool before disaster struck – can you spot the problem?

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The clue is in the blurry smudged colour beneath the berries and on the deer’s legs.  There is no Sticky Fabri Solvy.  It has gone.  I left my sun lounger to fetch another cool drink and when I returned my work was floating face down in the pool, I can only assume snatched up and deposited by a pesky breeze.

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Luckily I was able to rescue it before it sank, but the Solvy simply dissolved away before my eyes.  So I dried it off, brought it home, printed another sheet and finally began stitching again today – and now I will have two very different sets of memories associated with this piece of work when it’s finished.  I began in warmth, sunshine and blue skies, whilst here today as I sat in the conservatory working the rain was lashing against the windows …

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while Daisy snored at my feet, on what has turned out to be a very autumnal day ….

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But all is going well, and I’m getting back into the rhythm of stitching this piece again,  it’s a little white Christmas deer surrounded by berries ….

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For the November issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  But I wonder – am I slightly odd – or is it quite usual for a finished piece to bring back memories of where you were and what was going on as you stitched?  I’d love to know if you feel the same way?

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If you’re slightly odd then so am I! I do it in reverse too though, sometimes if I’m watching a favourite film or telly program I’ll remember stitching a particular piece.

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Phew – perhaps we can be odd together – it’s a nice sort of oddness anyway 😉

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Oh absolutely! I think it’s the memories associated with the project that make it hard or easy to give away. I have some complete stinkers I could not bear to part with, and some beautiful pieces I couldn’t wait to get rid of because I didn’t want to remember what was going on at the time.
I like the idea of the deer floating in the pool of a foreign country; won’t he have a story to tell!
Happy Days,
Jenn

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Glenna Denman

You are not at all odd, that is one of the pleasures of sewing, and also of having items made by family members. I still keep a butterfly my mother crocheted onto a pillow for me, even though the pillow fabric is fraying, because of the thoughts of her working on it.

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