Before I pack up the Christmas decorations for the year, I wanted to share a piece of my mother’s needlepoint that we had refinished this year.
Ever since I was a little girl, this “Twas the night before Christmas” canvas has always hung from the base of the staircase in the entryway of my parents’ house.
It was one of the first pieces of needlepoint that my mom ever did- shortly after she had married my dad. (The bottom right hand corner is dated 1988!)
It has always been a favorite of mine!
“Twas the Night before Christmas” was a book we always read as children around the holidays- I’m sure that’s part of the reason this piece has such sentimental value to me.
My grandmother, Virginia, (who I’m named for!) had originally done the finishing on it for my mom. She used a blue felt on the backing and a burgundy ribbon to hang the piece with. I wish I had a “before” picture to share with you all!
After about 27 years, though, it was beginning to look a little tired… the jingle bells that once had hung from it had long since fallen off, and the felt was wearing poorly.
I sent it in for a makeover, and voila!
Good as new!
I hope that one day the pieces that I’ve stitched will mean even half as much to my children, as my mom’s do to me!