Friday, April 24, 2009

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, long, long ago...

I spent every evening embroidering. I mean for hours! It was just my daughter and me back then, and I'm sure she remembers these nights as well. We'd sit at the dining room table watching tv, well, I'd be sitting at the dining room table, she'd be sprawled out on the carpet in front of the television.

I can't remember how long it took me to complete this...

But it was a long time. It measures 18" X 18". I loved embroidering! I mean "loved" it. It's one of those things, like books and writing, that take you to another place, where you are so engrossed (if it's a good book) that the stresses of life don't have anything to do with you.

I always intended to have it framed so it would stay clean and dry. But back then it would have cost $60 to frame it, and I sure didn't have that kind of money back then.

So the years went by, and I kind of forgot about it. And when I did discover it again, I was so disappointed that, not only was it stained, some of the yarn was actually disintegrating!

So very sad.

The yarn I can probably replace, although it has been so many years since I've done anything that I don't know that I'd be able to figure out how I did it. Ha! But the stains...would I just make it worse by trying to get them out? Any ideas?

For now, I think I'll just hang it on the wall, as is, and try to overlook the ravages of time.


Cynthia said...

It is a beautiful testament to life...hang it on the wall, as is....stains and unraveling yarn and ALL!!!! I think that it is quite metaphorical. :^)

Simply Heather said...

Such a precious piece of yourself. I agree with Cynthia...and also, it may be difficult to clean up without harming it more.

Very well done :o)

septembermom said...

Definitely display this work of love! Such sweet memories attached to this beautiful creation.

cagrowngirl said...

I actually want to be positive and say yes the stain could come out...maybe water, shout or steam it out.

You are right the yarn can be replaced. It is such a beautiful piece it is worth trying to fix.

It is interesting what we do in certain segments of our lives.

Enjoy your weekend!!

Chris said...

I thinks it is beautiful the way it is! Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I love Unicorns, and, probably to the dismay of my husband, I would pay through the nose to have one such as this - even with the damages of time. To me, that makes it more valuable.

Tabby said...

Wow that is so beautiful. I really hope you can get the stain out.

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