A Post Holiday Catch-Up
At Christmas, my entire family isn't able to get together all at the same time due to distance and other family obligations. Our little family does the trip to NJ and there we see Mom, sister Jenn, and sister Lynn and her two boys Nicholas and Francisco who travel all the way from Brazil to be with us. The boys are on their "summer break" so they stay in the States for about six weeks. Last weekend, we were lucky to have the boys from Brazil, their mom Lynn, and our mom Mum come and visit our house on Friday night. Julia and I joined them in visiting sister Nancy and her three girls in NH for a second sleepover, and then spent a third sleepover at sister Laurie's and her two girls in eastern MA. What fun - a giant traveling sleepover. Everyone had a blast. I feel so lucky that we had that time together without the stress of the holidays. Because Julia is an "only" I always try to have her get together with her cousins as much as possible.
All the sisters got a chance to catch up as did the cousins. It seems that someone is always making something - either cooking or baking or sewing. I spent the weekend working on a felted bag for an upcoming book and my sister Lynn continued with her ongoing embroidery project - decorating her jean jackets until they are covered with stitches.
I wrote a little about Lynn back in the beginning of July. For her living, she sells cosmetics - she's the glamourous one! She has always dabbled in painting and is very colorful herself. The needlearts are not something that come naturally or easy to her. That's why we were all astounded at the dedication she is putting into these jean jackets. They are totally amazing. Here she is stitching away. She uses embroidery floss - all 6 strands at a time. She draws designs onto the denim herself and then she just stitches away - doing mostly chain stitch but creating the most colorful and creative art. I just in awe of them. Here's Nancy's daughter Celia in one of the jackets.
Maybe a floss company will notice them one day! Find more photos here of close-ups of the embroidery on the Colorful Stitchery Stitchalong.
And at the same time, check out what others are doing - there was definitely a lot of stitching going on for the holidays - it is so exciting to see people posting their projects on the Stitchalong. We all would love to have more members - so don't be shy!