Not all but most ladies among my Swedish relatives have or have had some kind of connection with textile. The interest in and execution of weaving, lace making, knitting, crocheting, dressmaking, millinery and of course embroidery, have always been there, and some of us carry on the tradition.
One of my aunts, I-L E, was 'born' to cross stitch. It might actually be in her blood, her mother stitched, and also her father, when he was well into his 90s, was introduced to cross stitch at the Old People's Home. He thought it was a wonderful way to 'blow away the cobwebs of the brain'.
As long as I can remember she has been busy on some complex design, for birthdays and seasonal greeting cards, and also worked hard to make things for various charity events. Although now a gal of 90+ she still needs no glasses to see the tiny stitches. Unfortunately her hands are gradually getting stiff though, and she can no longer work as smoothly as she once did.
I have always been so impressed by the way she controls the thread. In most of her work she uses three strands of embroidery floss and without using a laying tool she makes the strands lay flat on the surface and cover the ground fabric.
When I visited her the other day she dug out an old piece she wanted me to have. Aren't these summer flowers just lovely?