While following Vince around in a flea market recently, I found a Better Homes and Gardens book, “The Pleasures of Cross Stitch”.
I wasn’t looking for anything in the flea market but the book caught my attention so I picked it up. It has a 1984 copyright and was in perfect condition and was $3.00. I thumbed through it thinking I’d see what was around in 1984, because that is about the time when I had just stopped cross stitching the first time around.
Not far into the book, I found this:
It’s stitched on perforated paper! Lately Kim Goldman of The Contented Stitcher, has been talking about stitching on perforated paper. There are quite a few flosstube stitchers who are stitching on perforated paper so I’m sure it’s a big thing in the cross stitch world. Most are using 18 count perforated paper, which is only available in white as far as I know, and they are using various methods of “antiquing” the paper, some before the piece is stitched and some after the stitching is done.
After finding that piece done on perforated paper, I decided to purchase this book.
I got home and again began looking at the book. The design is called Nelly Custis’ Woodlawn Rose. I thought maybe I could learn more about it so I googled it and found that Nelly was either George Washington’s adopted daughter, his step-daughter or his step grand-daughter. I found the relationship to be described all three ways in different articles so I have no idea.
Nelly’s married name was Nelly Custis Lewis and she was quite a needleworker and this design is said to be one of her original designs.
I do plan to stitch Nelly’s Woodlawn Rose on perforated paper but it will be after the first of the year.