Rise up my love and come away
The rain is over and gone
Your love is the fruit of my darkest day
And I am your Rose of Sharon
~ lyrics by Eliza Gilkyson
While others were paying homage to the romantic 1820’s I was happily transported back to my mother-in-law’s living room where I did a lot of counted cross stitching back in the 1980s. Mr. Catered Crop was in graduate school and money was tight. It was an inexpensive hobby, and Mom McClain was happy to share her know-how, patterns and thread for some girl time.
My adorable twin sister has a birthday coming up. Her name is Sharon, she has a Rose of Sharon bush in her yard, and the darling carried the Rose of Sharon blossoms in her wedding. I know this rose doesn’t look exactly like the Rose of Sharon, but, if you’ll allow me a little creative license . . . my love, this rose is for you.
tips & techniques
Rumor has it that Papertrey Ink will make individual kits from the Stamp-a-faire available for purchase beginning in October. If you like this project you can possibly purchase this Regency era kit then.
There are no stitching instructions in the kit. I gave away every cross-stitch project I ever made and lost the county fair ribbon a long time ago, so the only proof that I was once a cross-stitch queen (supreme!) are a few tips from a once-upon-a-time expert. Here are some Mom McClain (via Linda McClain) tips for any cross-stitch beginners.
- I love DMC embroidery floss. Seriously, don’t use anything else. It comes in six strands and is sold in all the big-box hobby stores like Michaels and JoAnns. For this pattern you should separate the strands and work with only three at a time.
- Papertrey Ink’s kit does not include a design chart. Like Michelle Phillips’ example, I started out stitching in every square until I looked at the linen-colored patterned paper and realized it was a map for how to stitch a beautiful rose. You can use the pattern paper or my rose as a design chart.
- Everything else you need to know about how to cross stitch to complete this project you can find at DMC’s wonderful tutorial here: Quick Start: Cross Stitch. It will show you how to start your thread without knots (to prevent lumps and bumps) and ensure each stitch finishes in the same direction.
Here are the the ingredients for my 1820’s/1980’s cross -stitched card.
Card size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Other ingredients: taffeta ribbon, Lifestyle Crafts die cut, vintage button, and DMC embroidery floss (503, 758, 950, and 3032).