By Karen J Mossman
We all love a good wedding and I like to give the bride and groom something different for their special day. Back in 2002 one of the popular crossing stitching magazines produced a wedding sampler. It was simple, but effective and I loved the colours. As a result, I’ve stitched it a total of seven times.
The last one was for a wedding in July. Because all the squares are lined with each other, I did make an error, not that it can be seen. I think I went wrong on the count of the bells in the middle. This resulted in the gap between one set of squares being slightly smaller than the rest. I don’t think it matters too much, though.
Over the seven times I’ve stitched these I’ve made some right blunders and as I was about to go into the framers with this one, I had to double check I’d not put Brain instead of Brian. How many times have you seen this mis-spelt? Luckily though, I’d done it correctly.
Which is more than I can say for this one for my son Ian’s wedding.
I had it beautifully framed and when I got it home someone pointed out I had spelt December wrong. I had actually put Decemember. How I didn’t notice, I don’t know. It was glaringly obvious. So I had to take the strip off the back and very carefully unpick the weaving and re-stitch it. It turned out to be a good job because you can’t tell.
However, that wasn’t the only error. The centre bell on the right was elongated and this meant the squares at the side wouldn’t line up and I had a gap in the centres ones. It was too much for me to unpick it. So I placed the name of the venue there to hide it. I think its very unique!
Another was for Chris and Karen, a girl from the office. It was the week before her wedding and I had it framed ready to be wrapped. It was only in a conversation I overheard she mentioned was marrying on the 4th. I had stitched 5th September. So again I had to carefully take the back off, unpick the weaving stitches and re-do the date. She never knew and I don’t think you can even tell.
There weren’t any errors on this one and it turned out as planned
I wrote to a cross stitch magazine and had my letter published, which was fun.
This was the second one I did in 2004 and there was one other another where the couples have split up.
I’m glad most were error free. I have one more to for next year now.