This embroidered picture is one my mum stitched at some point in the 90's. It is a kit from Rowandean Embroidery and they still sell it today. In fact I saw it on a stall at a craft fair last year.
I remember when mum bought the kit. About a year before, she had started a very large cat cross stitch picture and I'd ended up having to finish it for her because it was just too fine and detailed. When she chose this one she was determined she was going to finish and frame it and not let it be a 'forever' work in progress. The slightly more freestyle embroidery technique suited her much better.
It is framed without glass as some of the embroidery is quite fluffy and textured.
To keep it clean I gently vacuum it now and again but I guess another option would have been a box frame.
We've got it hanging on the wall on the landing in our house.
There is a lot of stitches here - a lot of hours spent.
So today I'm remembering my mum, someone who made lovely things and encouraged me to do the same, someone for whom this blog is named.
You can read more of the tributes to the women who encouraged all my crafty antics as I grew up here