A family heirloom?

I had forgotten until recently, that many years ago my mom stitched my dad a cummerbund.

I remember being about 8 years old and waiting for my parents to get dressed up to go out for a black tie work function.

My dad came downstairs in his tuxedo, and his needlepoint cummerbund. I vaguely remember a lot of bright colors, flowers and the image of a woman.

It wasn’t until recently at work, when we were discussing old “ghosts of needlepoint past” that memories of it started resurfacing….

Uhhhhm… WHAT were my parents thinking?!

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Firstly, I can’t believe that my mom not only purchased this canvas, but also stitched it and had it finished…

Second of all, I can’t believe my father actually wore it… and to a black tie event at the office, no less?

Apparently, this lovely needlepoint treasure is based on a very famous Rousseau painting called “The Dream”, which can now be found at the MOMA in New York City.

(Yes, I found this information out as my mother tried to justify her decision to me…)

A family heirloom

Really though…? Who thought it was a great idea to put a naked lady on a cummerbund?

How about the peeping animals spying on her from the bushes? And I’m really not quite sure what’s going on with the man over there on the right hand side…

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family heirloom man in corner

Guys, I wish I had a better explanation for this one, but I’m really at a loss.

Who knows?

Maybe one day my children will look at my projects and say the same thing!

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

One thing’s for sure though… I don’t think I’ll ever let my parents live this one down!

  • Bee

    That’s a keeper!

  • Don Lynch

    I, for one, would wear that cummerbund in a hot minute! The three I have suddenly look in-inspired. Give your mother (and father for wearing it) my kudos!

    • Don Lynch

      Un-inspired, not in-inspired…fingers on a phone, what are you gonna do?

      • stitchstyle

        Don- you’re too funny! He used to wear it out all the time. But he seems a little less inclined since all his children have started making fun of it! Hope you all got home from market safely!

  • Carol Wilkes

    You have given me a good laugh here at the end of a long day!

  • Hilton Hubbard

    Your mystery man seems to be playing the recorder, or a version of a recorder. A kind of Indian Orpheus, I suppose, which would account for all the improbably tame animals hanging around. I must agree that it seems an odd choice for evening wear! But, to be fair, your mother did a remarkably good job on the lady’s toes. Very tricky body parts, toes, and hers look both convincing and pretty.