It’s been a while since I completed a big embroidery project. I can’t think why!

Cross stitch will always be my favourite craft. I learned when I was 10, and it’s been a comforting, familiar part of my life ever since.

There’s something about the repetitiveness of the stitches. The familiar texture of the floss and linen. The safety of having a pattern-map to follow. It’s the task I always turn to when I need to calm my mind, or soothe my soul.

 

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I’ve given away almost every piece of embroidery I’ve done (with some notable exceptions), and a fair number of them have ended up with my mother. It seemed fitting that I stitch her something special for her 60th birthday.

I immediately went to The Drawn Thread to look for a pattern by Cynthia Zittel. Her designs are always so very beautiful, so she’s where I start whenever I’m ready to stitch something new. Her “The Wayward Garden” seemed perfect for my mum.

 

The Wayward Garden, designed by Cynthia Zittel, altered and stitched by Essie of Mama Finch

 

I altered all the text to make it more appropriate for the occasion, adding my mother’s name in place of the sampler alphabet, and a different quote. I also added her date of birth in place of the traditional stitcher’s initials and completion date.

 

The Wayward Garden, designed by Cynthia Zittel, altered and stitched by Essie of Mama Finch

 

It’s hard to conceive of a gift worthy of an occasion like a milestone birthday in the life of one of your most precious people. The best I know how to give is something I’ve made with care.

 

The Wayward Garden, designed by Cynthia Zittel, altered and stitched by Essie of Mama Finch

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