Anyways, I think it's interesting that almost all of the people who wrote or commented about their oldest charts or kits dated their answer to the early 80's, with one or two in the late 70's. No one had anything older than that.
I wonder where everyone was buying their needlework in those years. Back then every Five and Dime had a little craft section. You know - back when Five and Dimes existed, like Woolworths, Kresge's, Ben Franklin, Murphy's, and McCrory's, to name a few that I remember. I even remember going to JCPenney's and buying a couple kits. We could buy needlepoint, crewel embroidery, and stamped pillowcases, dishtowels and tablecloths in any one of those stores. I don't remember many counted thread kits though. Not until a Piece Goods store came to town in the mid-80's and my-oh-my, I thought I was in heaven. I still have some of those Leisure Arts charts, which, by the way, is my answer to the SBQ. My oldest chart is a bread cloth chart, bought in the early 80's. I still love it. I still love my bread cloths! I've given away older ones, but I've always held on to the bread cloth charts.
Hey, does anyone remember the painted fabric kits for pillowcases and sheets, etc? I remember that my mom and a set. She had paint in tubes with roller balls - a lot like a ball point pen. And she'd put her pillowcase in a hoop that had a solid center and she'd color over the X's. That would have been in the 60's. Does that ring a bell with anyone?
OK, enough of my trip down memory lane. I have one lonely finish to show you - a gift for my walking buddy, who has a tuxedo cat. She loved it.
From A Prairie Christmas, PS Book 10
Stitched with DMC on a scrap of unknown linen and backed with the fabric you see here.
Changed color of the kitty to black and gave him tuxedo markings.
Now it's time to decide if I should keep working on the Christmas stuff that I didn't finish in 2011, or put it away and give it a good effort next year. I don't know...Christmas seems so DONE. But I also need to feel like I've finished something.