Threads that did wed…

40 years ago on the 13th June my parents got married.

When it came to deciding on an anniversary gift to mark the occasion it required a fair amount of thought.

Afterall how do you capture 40 years worth of a life together as well as the coming years ahead?

This was my conundrum and it was solved with graph paper, coloured pencils, linen and thread.

Here is the story of threads that did wed….

It all started with framework, a good solid base to hold everything together,


And began the filling in of the centre panels, one by one.

First came 8 fully grown trees, one for each of my brothers and sisters a showing of what strong, similar but yet different individuals my parents have raised.

These were placed at the top and bottom of the centre panels.


For their grandchildren, all 17 of them, the future generations to come. These were represented by young little flowers, that will also hopefully set down good strong roots.


My parents home, a place of love, laughter and life.

My parents in front of it with the dogs, as much a part of our family life as us ourselves, their babies of retirement if you will.


The last centre panel was then filled with a Robert Browning quote for the remaining years together.


And so we came to the outside panels, four corner squares with two rectangle spaces in between.

The top was filled with a forty and a heart for the years and love together along with a Song of Solomon quote,


The bottom panel swapped the 40 and heart squares and had my parents name and the date they got married placed on it to personalise the sampler for them.


The two side panels were filled with an orchid type plant for love and affection, it is also here I stitched in a message just for my parents for them just to spot.


Things not so obvious but that were a part of the sampler was the Ruby red thread used for the writing, numbers and hearts.

I chose a stitched piece as thread I thought was a perfect way to show the weaving together of different elements of 40 years together.

So when you gathered all these elements together and put them into the frame we started out with, mounted it with an ivory and burgundy mount and placed it in a frame the finished and completed piece looked like this,


This concludes the story of the threads that did wed.

Β xxx

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18 Responses to Threads that did wed…

  1. KerryCan says:

    This is perfection and it will be treasured by your parents, I’m sure, and passed down through the family as an heirloom! The thought that went into it is amazing, as well as the craftsmanship!

  2. That is beautiful! I can’t imagine anything nicer to be gifted! And lovely that every aspect of your family, children, grandchildren and dogs was included!

  3. How lovely, meaningful and unique. I’m sure your parents will cherish it.

  4. Lucy Bowen says:

    Beautiful – what a wonderful present. Full of thought and effort, I bet your parents love it and will treasure it.

  5. Marsha says:

    How special that sampler is. It will be cherished for years to come. Very creative on your part, Ruth.

  6. Jackie says:

    I cannot tell you how much I love this! Your parents must have been overjoyed at your thoughtfulness and creativity!

  7. Kepanie says:

    What meaning this has. You are so creative.

  8. Joanne P says:

    What a great sampler, I love how each piece has a special meaning. I particularly like the trees and flowers for the children and grandchildren.

  9. Annie says:

    I’m reading this, crying. I don’t know your family but have no doubt whatsoever there could not be a more perfect gift for the occasion. Beautifully done, Ruth!

    • Ruth says:

      Oh thank you very much and I hope they are tears of joy, my parents did indeed love it and have proudly put it on display for all to see.

  10. dottyrobins says:

    This post really made me smile, Ruth. Such lovely work

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