It's.... Father's Day here in England..
And it's also my birthday!!
Seeing how it's an extra special day, I wanted to do something different for my dad. As you all know we are going to bingo today, something we like to do, and do it when we can so we spend time together. Oh but that is not the special thing....
My dad has always loved my finished cross stitch designs, he has watched me stitch over the years and I have made lots of stitching gifts for him too.
I was thinking long and hard about doing something different and when a few days ago he mentioned he wanted a new hobby.... Ha ha all the time being retired he wants something to keep him busy!
So I put a few bits together .... Yes stitching bits!! And thought hmmmm maybe he will be up to learning to stitch? Well it's something different!!
I was going to wait until Father's Day, but I was just too excited about sharing this with him I introduced it to him the day before!! I did want to take all the bits around their home, but they ended up coming to my home, it was easier!! ... Gave it to my dad and and well!! My mum just looked at me, and my dad..... Loved the idea!! Phew!!
So I got him started.... Told him the basics....
Showed him one of my magazines, Cross Stitch Collection.....to see the stitches...
I threaded the needle... Ha ha
The only problem was that he kept forgetting which way the stitches went!! I frogged a few stitches for him but all in all the few hours he stitched for he did pretty well. And he actually enjoyed it...said it was quite calming!!
He was really proud of what he managed to stitch, yes I admit I helped with the back stitching, he did not quite get the hang of that!! But it's early days, I think he's amazing!!
He was laughing here, as I said he was not having acess to my stash!!
Here is a close up of what he stitched!! I wish, oh how I wish when o started my stitches were as neat as that!! I tell you all he is a natural!!
Note the little red half cross in the left corner.... This was to remind him which way the stitches went!!
He enjoyed it, and said he will finish this for Christmas, doing a little here and a little there!! For me I think k it's totally awesome and really nice to have another family member that can stitch!
I still cannot believe he actually stitched and did a great job of it!!
Have a lovely day everyone....
I will be back later with my giveaway winner/s.....