When my sister and I cleaned out our parents’ home, we had to make many decisions about what to do with all the stuff. Which things are truly “valuable” and which have only sentiment in their favor? Should we sell it, keep it, or throw it away? To help ensure a future for our family’s heirlooms, I plan to leave a booklet for my daughters telling the stories of what they will inherit one day. (Not TOO soon, I hope!) With this challenge I begin my book of Heirlooms.
is for needlepoint pictures.
Among the numerous things Momma inherited when she and my cousin cleaned out our aunt Violetta Davis Ryan’s home in 1990 were three completed needlepoint projects. Well, ALMOST complete. Three sets of cotton canvas had been worked with needlepoint yarn in the petit point style. They are the handiwork of my grandaunt Velma Davis Woodring, Violetta’s sister.
Velma was the artsy one. She painted. She sewed. She quilted. She did needlepoint. What her plans were for the three canvases is not known.
The design for each is a girl in profile. One holds flowers; one holds an umbrella.
The third? I can’t remember. The third one was missing some stitches. Now the whole thing is missing. Maybe we actually threw something away.
Anyway, Momma had the two cleaned and framed.
The needlepoint pictures look girly and as such are perfect bedroom pictures. And that’s where they hang today - in a guest bedroom.
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