Monday, January 02, 2012

January SBQ

Here's a great way to start your New Year - with a Stitching Bloggers' Question! 

Many of us are taking stock, counting and organizing our stash at this time of year, so CinDC's question for this month is super relevant.

What's the oldest pattern in your stash? (Either the one with the earliest publication date or the one you bought the longest ago.) What's it's story? Have you stitched it?


13 comments:

  1. Great question Lee.
    It would involve too much rummaging in my stash to answer.
    I hope that you are feeling better and that you are stitching.
    Happy New Year!

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  2. The first pattern (leaflet) I bought was one with jar lid patterns - somewhere in the neighborhood of 1980 when I first started doing cxs - I would have to dig it out to be sure) I stitched all of them over and over again (on aida, of course!) for gifts etc. It is all tattered and falling apart but I still have it! The first actual cxs I did was a small Christmas kit - not sure if I saved that pattern or not.

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  3. Thank goodness I just went through my closet or I'd never been able to answer it.

    I did my first stitching in 1981 - the little freebie owl. That was 7th grade and Mom has it and I do have the pattern. By 1990, I had done a few other ornament sized pieces that I no longer have the patterns.

    But my oldest finish that I have was completed June '91. I was pregnant in '90 and stitched this while down - It's called Winter Wonder by Phyllis Tyndall.

    One of my oldest never stitched - The Garden Cottage by Cross My Heart Inc. Just fell out of love with the cottages.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

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  4. The oldest patterns I have date back from about 1980. They are from five Christmas ornament kits I bought from Woolworths. I stitched them all and they hang on my tree every year. I still have the patterns and may stitch a set for each of my children.

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  5. I have a couple of Astor Place angels from, I believe, the early 1980's. I have no good reason for not having stitched them - they are really lovely designs with a timeless sort of charm. Maybe I should go haul them out.

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  6. Posted to the LJ Cross Stitch community. http://cross-stitch.livejournal.com/3563159.html

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  7. Ahh, what a great question. I was taught cross stitching by a lady at work in 1990 I think. I had a book, one of those Australian Women's Weekly magazine style, of various needlework. I chose a small flower (orchid) design as the one she taught me with. I remembered I stayed up till 11 pm that night trying to finish it too! I still have it - on pink aida!lo

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  8. The oldest pattern in my stash is actually an old booklet called "Classic Orientals" from Leisure Arts, (c) 1981, designed by Mary Duckworth. I haven't stitched it yet, but I'll never get rid of it - it was a gift from my late mother, who taught me how to stitch. She put the first embroidery hoop into my hands in 1976. I will always treasure this hobby as a direct link to her, and this leaflet is the same.

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  9. I commented in my blog, stitchingchair.blogspot.com

    Hope you're feeling better, Lee!

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  10. I hate to admit it, but I Prize Winning Mini Samplers by BH&G from around the early 80's I think. Of course never stitched but it did start me on many years of collecting patterns I admired.

    Now - what do you do with all the old patterns you will never get to stitch?

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  11. I think one of the earliest pieces I started was in the late '70's - it was a kit and featured those faceless Hollie Hobie girls (they creep me out now). I finally finished it about 10 years later and gave it to my sister.

    Glad to hear you're feeling better Lee.

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  12. My oldest pattern is a Chinese dragon from the late 70's. I wanted to try my hand at cross-stitch and it was a good size. Years later, I made it into a bookmark for my DH.

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  13. I think my oldest are Precious Moments pattern books. You used to be able to get a whole book of like 12 designs for $5! I would get them at Meijer's or Frank's Nursery & Crafts when I lived in Michigan.

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