Today is my mother's birthday! Happy birthday!
To celebrate, I made her a cross-stitch. It's pretty simple - a quotation from Herbert Hesse that I once gave her on a card with two (different) hearts above and below. I had the quote custom charted for me by Andwabisabi, who was great and consulted back and forth with me about the font style and the color choices. I ended up switching the colors at the store anyway, but I appreciated her input! The hearts came from the book A Rainbow of Stitches, which is a beautiful resource (and a book my mother gave me, actually). I chose the colors I did to coordinate with my mother's bedroom, and also because I think they are beautiful - a dark cream and a dusky rose on ecru 14-count Aida.
I framed the piece in the oval embroidery hoop because I thought it looked simple and lovely just as it was. I glued down the extra Aida to the backside of the hoop, and stuck in a piece of pink felt (to protect the stitching) underneath a piece of signed and dated resume paper. Then I threaded a length of ribbon through the tightening mechanism on the hoop and voila! a beautiful piece of cross-stitch with a special and very true message all done and ready to be gifted!
It was well received!