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Have you seen Steph's adorable cross stitch story in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living !? It is so sweet and inspiring. The whole time while she was developing it, I would look over her shoulder, admire yet another fun detail in a drawing, recognize a friend in a finished stitched piece .... but I always had a strangely  familiar feeling I couldn't describe. Until my mom came with something she had found cleaning up : place mats (not quite finished. Yes, I have UFO's too, Kirsten !) cross stitched to represent my mom, my brother and myself (somehow my father's placemat was misplaced). I had made them for an advent calendar I make for her every year (you can read about those as well in this November issue). The funny thing is, that Steph was probably barely old enough to say "cross stitch"  (in Canada), when I was stitching these (in Germany)... yet  this many many years later, on common ground in NYC she inspires me to go back to a familiar  project.  Now that is called a 'timeless craft'. Thank you, Steph !

(ok, I admit, my mom and I could use some updated clothing .... no more purple or pink head to toe ! And I will remake one for my dad. And my own family. Can't wait. )


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  • Do you have direction for the people for the family generaton counted cross stitch? Where do I get them or can you send via e mail to me?

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  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Maryanne,

    You will find the how to and clip art for this project through this link-

    Happy stitching!

  • I have decided to make these for my family for Christmas! They are so adorable and EASY to do, the instructions were perfect from the website. I just read this article and I am currently stitching these in Germany also! My husband is an Infantryman in the US Army and we are stationed here in Germany, so homemade gifts mean that much more since we can not go home to see our families this year for the holidays and I just love that I can make something special for all 7 of our parents ( we are a modern family ) that is easy, and it is something that THEY will enjoy, not the traditional framed artwork! Thank you for this project! ( AND a WONDERFUL supprise that i could find all the supplies at our on post craft store!)

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