Thursday, January 4, 2018

Special Gift

Stephanie and Maria
June 2015
It all started with a photograph taken before a wedding on a hot and humid day in Oshkosh, NE. A photo of a mother receiving a necklace from her daughter, the bride.
Marilyn works on the counted cross-stitch portrait
June 2017
The photo was lovingly transformed into a work of art by the bride's grandmother one stitch at a time.  I snapped the photo of Marilyn working on the project when she came to help me after my knee surgery.
gradually, the image became more like the photograph
June 28, 2017
Marilyn finished stitching on July 30, 2017
framed and ready for Christmas gifting
September 2017
It was hard to wait until after Christmas to post about Marilyn's special gift. I think she did a beautiful job.
Maria struggled with her emotions when she opened the gift.
Note - the patten is attached to the back of the framed piece. 
Marilyn has stitched other photographs here and here.  Marilyn stitched a photo of Stephanie and Justin on their wedding day but for some reason I didn't prepare a post about it.


  1. Wow, wow, wow! That is an amazing piece. How beautiful and what a special gift.

  2. That is incredible! What a talent, and an amazing gift! I'd be bawling, for sure!

  3. Oh my, that is just amazing! How beautiful - both the photograph and the cross stitch. That will be treasured forever!

  4. There is so much joy in that photograph. Marilyn did a beautiful job with the stitching and you can just tell it will become a family heirloom.

  5. What a unique idea to gift MOM with a necklace . Even more beautiful to have a memory of the moment so lovingly stitched WOW Nancy Just wow

  6. This truly made me cry. That is the most beautiful gift I’ve seen in a long time. How did she transfer the photo onto the fabric? This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I’m sure it will be a treasured keepsake in the family.
    Blessings, Betsy

    1. Marilyn purchases the Stitch-a-Photo at Joann Fabrics. She sends a photo and a chart with floss colors is sent back to her.

    2. Just now read this, and had no idea something like this is available at Joann Fabrics! Thanks for the info.

  7. What an amazing cross stitch, so beautiful and such a fabulous gift. I wish she'd share her technique!

  8. A special gift indeed! So many layers of meaning, memory, emotion, thought and craft.

  9. Oh my. This is beyond astonishing, and one of the most wonderful things I've ever seen or heard about.

  10. That is beautiful!!!! I can see why she was moved to tears!!!!

  11. That is an incredible work of art and a labor of love!
    How wonderful to share!

  12. That is wonderful!! A memory saved forever one to hand down through the generations:)

  13. DITTO everyone else's comments. The picture to begin with is stunning and Marilyn's stitching is wonderful. I can't imagine the hours she put into it. Well worth it for sure.

  14. Truly priceless, what a treasure! Thx for sharing. xo Tammy


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