There’s still time to change my mind one more time . . maybe several more times but here’s my thinking.
I was going to do a redwork project. No color changes. I really need to finish the July project in two weeks and a one color, small project would be my best chance but . . I’m going to do Veteran’s Day at Twin Gables by Heartstring Samplery.
The Reason For The Change:
I’ve mentioned before that my dad’s brother, Charles Miller, was killed in WW II in 1945. That was before I was even born so I never knew him. I hope to see my dad in July and I would love to have this finished, at least the stitching, and be able to show it to him. My parents are getting up there in years, our relationship is a bit strained and I’d really like for my dad to be able to see this.
I want to put the initials CRM and the year, 1945, on there. Chad knows this bit of family history. I also have the letters my dad and my grandma had sent to Charles that were returned after he died, and there are some letters Charles had sent to them before he was killed and they arrived long after the news of his death. I have not read them and probably will not . . seems like an in invasion of privacy or something. I want to frame this piece and attach an envelope to the back and keep the letters with it.
It’s actually a fairly small piece. If I stitch it on my favorite 36 count fabric, it will only be about 5″ x 5-1/2″. I’d like for it to be a bit larger so I’ll probably stitch it on 32 count fabric. That will make it about 5-12″ x 6-1/4″. That isn’t a lot bigger but 32 count fabric is probably about as big as I’m going to go.
I think what I’m going to do is make the “Some Gave All” background longer and put the year and his initials above “Some Gave All” and then leave off the year and initials above that section.
The called for threads are overdyed cottons. I had pulled out Sulky threads hoping to use just one strand on 32 count fabric but I think I’m going to be a big girl, not give in to my dislike of using more than one strand and use two strands of the called for overdyes.
This is going to be a hard one for me to stitch based on the number of tears just writing his blog post. My dad has been a bit emotional lately. I am sad about many things happening in our family but I feel this is something I need to do so . . I’ll do it and I’ll get it done before I see my dad.