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Monday, January 24, 2011

...the works that my hands had wrought...



My mother-in-law moved recently which required massive downsizing. Carey has always wanted one of her cedar chests, so she sent it home with him. Inside she had tucked several things that I had made for her through the years.

I was so happy to see this little piece of crewel work found its way back to me. I made it decades ago; back when I didn't waste all my time on the computer and my eyesight was still sharp and clear. And this piece required good eyes. It's small...about the size of a postcard. I once made a large cross-stitch piece for my father that depicted two pheasants in flight. That large piece and this little one both kicked my booty! The shading in the feathers. Oy vey! I decided never to undertake another bird in any piece of handwork. And I never have.



Here's a closer look at some of that detail. I appreciate the finished product with the satisfaction that successfully accomplishing a challenging task brings. Even after all this time.

4 comments:

  1. It is incredibly beautiful.
    I just love it.

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  2. Haven't seen crewel work in years! It was quite a fad among my friends when we were young. I only have one piece from back in the day. Your birds are amazing and gorgeous, glad they have come back to roost!

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  3. That is absolutely beautiful, Kathleen. You are immensely clever.

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  4. I just visited your blog in the OWOH hearet event and I wanted to come here and tell you that this is a truly stuning piece of handwork. Absolutely beautiful! As a knitter of bird nests - I am just mesmerized by this beautiful piece - thanks for sharing this on your wonderful blog!

    Vicki

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