A Nantucket Basket

I first learned needle crafts from my mom when I was in elementary school.  She had always been crafty with knitting and crochet but a friend had taught her cross stitch and this was far more interesting to me than knitting, I could make a picture with thread.   Over the years through EGA and local shop groups we learned many different techniques and gathered a stash that in all honesty we could have used as a starting point for our own shop.

When she passed in 2009 I brought home some of her piles of her stash, my aunt was living with her and she still stitched so I tried to take only my favorites.  My aunt passed in 2014 so I had to go through it all,  even more stash followed me home.  Among the 6 large suitcases of charts, fabric and supplies I hauled home  were a few of the last projects my mother worked on that I wanted to see through to completion.  Despite all the expletives spoken for the choice of stitch she made on the outside, I was finally able to sit down on the 4th of July and put the band on the basket.

The alphabet sampler side with some birds stitched over 1 thread. I won't lie, not sad that mom already had that part done and just left the finishing stitches.

And the reverse of the band.  If I could bring myself to actually use it, this would make a really fun basket to tote around a small project but I know that won't happen. I have a half dozen, well made bags for my projects and they're all in the closet while I use the ratty old bag I've had for years. 

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