Guest Blogger Tuesday
I Love This Project
Coni J. Rich, The Spinster Stitcher
My little sister taught me to stitch several years ago (as a way to shut me up, I suspect), so it was only natural that my first stitchy gift would be for her.
The significance of the piece has more to do with the back story than it does with the actual stitching, but I should point out that it took me weeks to stop prancing around the house over the fact that I selected the threads, chose the individual stitches, and then stitched the piece without help. Painted canvases have always intimidated me, and I'm never able to "see" what stitches or threads should go where. For this canvas, however, it all just fell into place.
Chrissy volunteered at an animal shelter in Phoenix, and it was there that she met and fell in love with two dogs named Patty and Mike. Patty and Mike were litter mates and had lived at the shelter since birth because their original owner had been unable to care for them. By the time my sister adopted them, they were almost 10 years old, so she only had a few years left to give them a wonderful home. When they both passed away, I knew that a huge part of my sister had died with them.
I stitched the yellow lab canvas in remembrance of Mike, and I bought the black lab canvas for Patty. For Christmas that year, I wrote a letter to my sister from her current pup Bosco telling her how much he loved being her little dog and that he knew she was very special because of the two dogs she had cared for before him. When I told her that I had stitched the piece on my own and had even selected the different stitches, you would have thought I had given her the moon.