Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Windmill


THE WINDMILL

This is one of my favorite cross stitch projects.
I made it for my husband.


It was stitched on 14 ct Antique White Aida.
The threads used were rustic colors and the picture has a rural theme.
Below you will see how it looks matted.


When my husband and I were first married
we would often see these windmills on the farms in our town.
That was many years ago.
When we were last there for a visit the windmills are almost all gone.
Broken and lying down on the ground.
Whenever I see one like this I wish that the farmer could
repair it and stand it back up.

Now that we live in North Dakota,
 I see them on the farms surrounding us here as well.
But here too I fear that these will become a piece from the past. 


Hopefully I have this to capture the memory
of what may not be here someday.


The stitching measures 7 inches wide by 16 inches long.
The frame size is 12 1/2 inches wide by 22 1/2 inches long.
We purchased the frame and mat at Hobby Lobby
and were able to finish framing the piece ourselves at home.

Thank you for your visit.

~ Sandra ~




21 comments:

  1. I love this!!! What a wonderful subject to work in stitch, and all so well done! The colors in the matting and frame are just perfect!

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    1. Mary, I thought you might like this post. Do you have any windmills on your property? I have had a long time fascination with them.

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    2. No, there are no windmills around here. I suppose, since the winds just come and go, a windmill wouldn't be a dependable means of pumping water. However, if I had one, I would take a zillion pictures of it! :~)

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  2. Dear Sandra ... Very Nice. I love the colors that you have used. I love old barns and windmills. Our little garden shed is barn shaped and we have a little windmill to the side of it. We have a bit of country even though we live in town. I hope that you enjoy a warm and cosy evening. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Dear Teri, I hope to add a little windmill to our yard sometime soon. I love old barns too. The old barns that we see that have so much character to them are another thing slipping away and they will be missed. I can just imagine your barn shaped shed and the windmill...such nice scenery!

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  3. Oh Sandra, that is beautiful! I've never seen a real windmill, but always thought I would like to have one here on our tiny little farm.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get your windmill someday.

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  4. Sandra, this is really pretty, and I think the mat really adds quite a bit of framing. The windmill looks like we could touch it. When we lived in Missouri, we traveled some through Illinois, Indiana and and Iowa. We would see some of these on the landscapes there. Life in the midwest is so different from the deep South. I do miss it!

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    1. Blue has been a favorite color for my husband and it seemed to work best with the colors of floss in the picture. We had thought to use old barn board for the frame and the framer suggested this frame. I think she made the right choice for us. I am not familiar with the South; but I am sure I would find wonderful things to be in awe of there too.

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  5. Beautiful, Sandra. You mentioned that you like barns; have you ever stitched one?

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    1. Thank you! ~ I never have stitched a barn; not yet anyhow. Maybe someday.

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  6. Very lovely. It is nice to have stitched what is becoming something from the past. When our grandkids look up at the towering white modern day windmills (they are fast taking over our mountainsides here) they can look at stitchings, photos and artwork to remember what used to be. Your stitching will be treasured for years to come.

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  7. Thank you so much. That is exactly how I was feeling. I am sure those wind towers are good for something; but I don't see people looking them as something they admire...

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  8. Beautiful stitchery Sandra. I never see a windmill around the Ozarks, it's too hilly but I see old cabins and barns falling apart. It's sad to see such beautiful things disappear. I love the colors in the windmill

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    1. I loved the colors of this cross stitch kit too! I feel the same about the falling barns and old houses too; I wish they could all be saved.

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  9. So very pretty! There are a lot of windmills in our area. Some are still standing even after the old houses have fallen. You did such a wonderful job!

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    1. Thank you. Good to hear that there are still some standing in your area!

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  10. I love rural themes and motifs a lot. Such a lovely design.

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    1. Thank you. I was so happy to find this cross stitch kit.

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  11. That cross stitch is beautiful, Sandra. Loved hearing the history behind it.

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  12. Very pretty, and I love the special memories wind mills bring to you. Another great mat and frame.

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