I thought it was time for an update on the Saint Agatha story.
When I received Meredith's wonderful pattern (which, incidently, she didn't charge me a cent for), I went out to buy the floss and fabric, etc. I went to the only needle shop around here and not only did they not have all the DMC colours, but they didn't stock any fabric at all, and what I did buy cost me an absolute arm and a leg! I was very unimpressed with them! So back I went to my trusty online supplier in the UK and had all the missing stuff sent out in less than a week and at a third of the cost! Really, I don't know how Aussie shops can get away with what they charge.
I also bought some rayon threads for the gold background, as I thought the shininess would help recreate that gold leaf look. I also bought yellow fabric for it just in case the background doesn't end up getting stitched after all- I couldn't find gold anywhere.
So once I'd got all the supplies together and looked at the whole project I realised that there was just no way I was going to get it finished in any sort of a reasonable time frame to give to my sister-in-law, stitched background or no stitched background. But I took heart and thought that in actual fact the whole thing may actually even be an even better present to her if I give her the made-up kit for her to do herself! She absolutely loves cross stitching and what with being stuck in bed all the time with nothing to do at the moment, she's probably dying for something to do.
So I very subtly rang her up and asked how she was doing and if she was feeling up to stitching at the moment... she replied that she really really wants to but that the small squares on the patterns make her dizzy and nauseous. I thought to myself, that's no problem, and went down to the shops and had all the pattern pages blown up to A3 size each- enormous!
Then I sat down and wrote the story of how Saint Agatha had been born into cross stitch, from the very beginning with my ambitious idea and all the help that all of you gave me, and Meredith's amazing gift. Then I gathered up all the supplies and sent them off to Canberra (my SIL still had no idea about what was brewing).
I spoke to her on the phone yesterday and she said when she got the package she just started crying. She says she can't believe how many people and how much thought went into that project, and that it all made her feel very special. She absolutely loves the design and is busting to get started. She's just had her second dose of chemo, so the first week after that she's pretty much non compos mentis, but then I'd say she'll be jumping into it gleefully! She also really appreciates the large pages
Meredith, she also really wanted to write to you personally to thank you. So I'll give her your email and next time she's feeling well enough to get on the computer I'm sure you'll be hearing from her.
So there you go, that's the story of Saint Aggy so far. Hubby and I will be going down to visit her in about a month so hopefully by then I'll be able to take a photo of how much progress she's made.
Once again, thank you so much to one and all, especially to Meredith. This project was pure magic!
You really thought this through and I am happy you found this solution.
Stitching is to enjoy ourselves, but can be also a great comfort!!
Hope she will get through this week after the chemo, and she' will be able to start stitching when she feels up to it.
Our Meredith is really someone special!!
Be well and have a good day.
I'm very touched. There is certainly no need for thanks, and I hope that Saint Agatha provides something positive for your SIL to focus on. I feel that attitude is very important when fighting this kind of illness. I think about her often (I'm sure we all do) and am hoping for a speedy recovery.