Last week at our local guild meeting Kay handed me a brown paper bag. She didn't want to offend me; but before throwing the contents of the bag out she thought I should see them. Inside that bag was a very old, half finished embroidery on linen. A threaded needle still pierced the cloth caught in the act of creating the next stitch. I wondered why the needlewoman had stopped. She had obviously intended to continue...but never did.
The needle was so rusty it was stuck fast in the cloth...really stuck. It took several tugs with pliars and pressure against a hard surface to remove said needle.
But I finally got it out.
An embroidery hoop was still in place creating this lovely half circle crease. I wondered if it would ever come out. Kay was pleased that I accepted her gift. I fear she expects me to finish it as the original needlewoman would have. She might not recognize after I've had my way with it!