Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Fruit Vendor...

Once upon a time, I was engaged to a man from Canada.  I wrote a bit about Dwayne here.  In the summer of 1973, my family drove to Calgary to meet his family.

While there, Mom bought a needlepoint canvas and the wool yarn needed to work it.  "Marchande de fruits"...roughly translated, "The Fruit Vendor".  I remember that she spent a LOT of money for it. She worked on that needlepoint on and off for several years.

Until she set it aside and didn't pick it up again.  Time went by. Years.  One day, she thought about it and dug it out of wherever it had been packed away.  Knowing that she was then unable to work it, she turned to me.  Would I please finish it for her?  Of course, I would.

But, I put it aside because I had other things keeping me busy.  

Fast forward to present time...time to get it done.  There is probably less than 5% to work...Mom put a lot of time into this piece.  

I am very much looking forward to finishing it for her.  

(be sure to click on the photos to better see the details)

Most of what is undone is on the upper right side and on the basket.

Some filling in of black on the basket is needed.

Upper right corner...are you able to see the areas of  the bare canvas?

A photo of a professional photo that was taken of Mom in December, 1997.

I will more than likely make this needlepoint into a pillow cover. I am not going to tell Mom that I am working on it, because I am sure that she has completely forgotten about it.  Her birthday is in about 5 weeks and I think this will make a lovely birthday gift for her.  Don't you? 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11


Farm Girl said...

I think that is a wonderful gift to give your Mom. Its a beautiful piece. I love needlepoint. In fact, I have done that more than just about anything else I have ever done. I can't wait to see it when you have it finished. It really is a work of art.
Thanks for sharing it Jacque.
Have a lovely Sunday.

Miccosukee said...

What a wonderful thing to do for your mother. Years ago when I started riding, the "in" thing was to own a needlepoint belt with some items related to the sport. Forward some 30 years later and I discovered my unfinished needlepoint belt with Airedales on it. It and all the leftover threads, etc. went to the local senior center to see if anyone would like to try it.

moosecraft said...

That's a beautiful pic of your Mum! I'm sure she will remember the piece when she see's it... and appreciate the time and thought you put into it to finish it! :-)

Rugs and Pugs said...

What a thoughtful gift that will be and such a beautiful picture of your mum.

WoolenSails said...

I had to read your Dwayne story, lol. Love seeing those photos of you.
Your mom is going to love that, and she will remember when she gets it and I can't imagine a better present for her.


acorn hollow said...

what a wonderful gift! I am sure your mother will love it.