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Friday, February 24, 2012

Finished Friday: Keepsake Embroidery {come link up your finished projects}

Okay, I have to admit that this project is not actually finished, but I’m posting it today anyway since:

1. the nature of the project makes it unending (I’ll never really be finished)

2. I have finished several pieces of the project

3. I need some encouragement and motivation to continue
Just before Christmas I stumbled upon the wonderful idea of a keepsake family tablecloth (I wrote about it here.)
I promptly went out and purchased a white tablecloth on sale for around $10. Then, once I had the tablecloth back home I realized that the texture of the fabric would make it very difficult to write on, which would completely defeat the purpose. I returned the tablecloth and decided to search for a white twin sheet instead.
Before heading back to the store, I thought I might as well check our linen closet, even though I was sure I didn’t have any white twin sheets.
Well, what do you think I found? That’s right, a white twin flat sheet. Perfect! (Even more perfect was the fact that I didn’t have the fitted sheet, so using the sheet for my new project wouldn’t separate a perfectly functioning sheet set.)
I already had an embroidery hoop and a bag full of embroidery floss, so this project turned out to be completely free!
When we went away for Christmas I packed the sheet in a bag along with a Ziploc full of embroidery floss, a mechanical pencil, and my embroidery hoop. During downtime at the cabin, each person took time to write their name. Some added little pictures, too.
I embroidered in the evenings when everyone was gathered around the television and at nap time while I sat with the kids until they fell asleep. I also embroidered in the van on the long drive back.
When we came back home, I toted the same “tablecloth bag” to each of our family holiday gatherings.
By now, all of our parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews have signed “The Tablecloth.”
I’ve decided to pray for each person as I embroider their name. I love doing this! I often get into a rut only praying for my immediate family, so this has been a wonderful challenge for me.
Now, I just need to keep going…
Then everyone will sign it again next year, and I’ll begin again.
Today's Questions: What projects have you finished this week? Are you working on a project that seems like it’ll never be finished?
I'm trying to hold myself accountable to finish some of the projects on my to do list by posting each Friday about a project I've completed.
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Blogger Sarah Hull said...

Wow! What a beautiful project! I love all the different signatures, it makes it so personal and special. This will definitely be a piece to pass down through the years! It looks like a big project, but you are doing great - I hope you'll post pictures when it is all done. :)

The Little Hedgehog

February 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I would love to do something similar and make it into a quilt. My mom has one that she got for her 50th birthday and it's just gorgeous!

I linked up--nothing fancy but it is something small and simple that I did this week.

February 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a wonderful project. I would love to spend some quiet time like this. I just may have to make it happen.

March 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

beautiful Idea.. a treasure money couldn't replace.
in 1997 for my youngest daughter's 1st b-day party I had everyone write something to her & of course sign it.. later I embrod. it all.
the one sad bit is my brother wrote : happy 16th Birthday ! ( As a joke ) sadly this yr as she turns 16 .. he will not be here. He died 2 yrs ago quite suddenly.
treasure always the really important things..

March 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM  

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