Here’s a project I just started before Christmas and I know it won’t be a quick one. I love the cross stitch map kits which Susan Ryder of Heritage Crafts designs and have stitched several of them over the past twenty five years. Starting with a map of the traditional West Riding of Yorkshire where my grandparents were both brought up. This was a gift for them which I stitched while I was at uni in the early 1990s between assignments. The map took pride of place on my grandparent’s sitting room wall of their holiday flat in Scarborough and eventually was joined by a North Riding map and another one of Kent where they lived. The map stitching became a bit addictive. I had to stitch one for myself. Now in my own sitting room at home I have a Yorkshire map for where I live and Nottinghamshire for where I grew up. For Mr SmartCookieSam we have a map of Australia, Cardiganshire (Ceredigion) and Norfolk.
Now you may wonder why I am stitching a map of the USA. I have never lived there but have visited twice, once to Boston and another time to New York. It’s just that when you see a beautiful kit with so much fabulous detail, you just get itchy fingers and you have to stitch it. Also these maps to me are educational. You learn about the Geography of a country and where all the places are as you stitch them as well as stitching landmarks and rivers and state borders. It also gives me an incentive to get on a USA road trip in the future.
I’ll post pics of my progress and I’m aiming to have the picture stitched by the end of 2017. Being a primary school teacher I have the summer holidays and often take my cross stitch away on holiday with me. Here’s what I have achieved so far:
As I type it’s the last week in February and I’ve not stitched any more on the map. I’ve been knitting this month. All will be revealed later. Hope to get some more done soon! I’ll keep you updated.
Love Sam xx