Thursday, 10 November 2011

Random Thoughts

Well, it's been a while, but I finally have something to show - my 'Random Thoughts' cross-stitch! It's only been over 18 months since I last worked on it - February 2010, that was when I set myself the challenge of having it finished by the summer (of 2010) .............. didn't make that then!!! And the only reason I've managed to finish it now is because I've recently been away from work for a prolonged period following surgery and cross-stitch was something I could manage while I was sitting at home healing.

Following is a photograph of the original pattern, which is by the Drawn Thread Company.

You can see that I have tinkered with the pattern a bit, chiefly by changing the verse in the centre. It wasn't that I didn't like the set verse, but once I started working on it again recently, I knew that the verse would have to be something dedicated to my wonderful brother Colin. It's been just over a year now since he was killed when he was knocked off his bicycle and I still find it so difficult to come to terms with the fact that I can't talk to him or see him anymore - I suppose time will help, but it's not working yet!!

Anyway, this is the verse I put in instead, which is a section of a poem that was read out at Colin's funeral.

I hadn't planned to do this, but this is a picture of my lovely brother doing what he was passionate about - cycling (taken in France a few years ago). I love and miss you very much Colin xxxxxxx


Diane H said...

What a lovely way to honour your dear brother, Julia. Thank you for sharing his picture and letting us see his beautiful smiling face. Now we too can hold him in our hearts.

Deb said...

Changing the verse is such a beautiful thing to do Julia and you will always have it with you so you can see it everyday. What a great photo of Colin and his bike, such a special memory for you.

Country Prims said...

What a lovely way to honour the memory of your very special brother Julia-your beautiful work in the cross stitch will be all the more precious now.
Sorry to hear you had surgery and hope you are feeling better soon:)
Shazy x

Simone said...

Lovely to see you back Julia! The stitching is wonderful and a perfect tribute to your brother. A lovely picture of Colin too. I hope you have recovered from your surgery and look forward to seeing the things that you make again. x

Wendy said...

Oooo Julia,
I'm sooo sorry I missed this post, but what a wonderful way to pay tribute to and honour your most loved brother Colin :)
Lots of love Wendy xx