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Friday, May 16, 2008

Gideon and Gabriel

First of all, I want to thank you all for always dropping by and leaving a comment to say hi and you always have such nice things to say. You truly make my day! I am so excited that some of you already embroider and some of you are getting started! I am still working on that tablecloth, so I am digging into my stash to have something to show you until I get my job complete.
Can you believe, I have been working on this cross stitch rooster for 4 years?? I once had a very sweet and very old rooster who looked like this at the time I bought the kit. Sadly he went to sleep in a nest box and never woke up. Since then, I have a couple of other roosters name Gideon and Gabriel. I work on this rooster when I do not have a customer to sew for. The first year, I had napkins and a dresser scarf to monogram. The 2nd year, a couple of dresses. The 3rd year a baby quilt and now this year a tablecloth. Once in a while, in the wee hours of morning, I will do a square before I retire.
Here is Gideon. Just the sweetest old guy ever. He loves to be picked up and croons while I carry him around.
Here is Gabriel. He runs out to greet me every time I approach the chicken yard, hoping I have something good for him to eat. He also eats out of my hand and loves to be held. Actually, I babied the ducks and chickens when they were little, so they all like to be petted and made over. Well the weekend is upon me and I am going to be busy, busy.I can't wait to see what you all have been stitching on. So post pictures when you finish! Have a wonderful weekend!


Paula said...

Oh, that's so beautiful, Kathleen. Do you know how many years it would take me to do that? Ugh, let's not even go there. LOL

Your work is really breathtaking. Did you draw the picture before starting the cross stitch?

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Paula, no this is a kit that I purchased. I rarely buy kits, but this was one I could not refuse. The quality of the threads, material and chart are well worth it also. Blessings, Kathleen

LindaSue said...

Kathleen - I love roosters - since DH has a firm "no poultry" rule for our place I have to enjoy them in pictures or placemats! Your rooster would make a terrific design -and if I win the lottery I'll buy every one you would make!

Pam said...

Kathleen, that is beautiful!

Pam said...

Kathleen, thank you for the heads-up on the embroidery transfers for little boys. I haven't yet had a moment to look, but I plan to this weekend; I'm sure I'll find something that my Grandson likes. Thank you for the information!

Farmhouse Blessings said...

Oh Kathleen, it is just beautiful!

I made chicken cross stitch to go above my stove. (I know it is not the best place for a stitchery but my grandmother had a similar painting above hers and I wanted to be reminded of her kitchen.) I'll see if I can get a photo and post it this weekend.

Gideon & Gabriel are just darling. How nice to have chicken friends!


Julie said...

That cross-stitch piece is just beautiful! And, yep, I can believe that it's taking you a while.......I've done that many, many times!
It's gorgeous, nonetheless!

Mr. Gideon and Mr. Gabriel are beautiful, too! Their colors are just perfect!


Conni said...

The cross stitched rooster is gorgeous! And Gideon and Gabriel are adorable!

It was a treat to see your childhood stitching, too. Very cute! I didn't really discover embroidery until later in life when I started to crazy quilt.

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