Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Stitching For a Cure Ornies

OK here we have, as promised, the post that proves this is still a stitching-related blog. LOL

Way back in around October or November 2008 I came across the Stitching For a Cure blog that had been set up by Donna, who wanted to decorate a Christmas Tree with hand stitched ornies and raffle it all to raise money for cancer research in the USA. One amazing woman who is not only busy organising this but has also stitched a lot of beautiful ornies for the tree herself.

This really touched a nerve, as 2007 had been a very bad year for my family: we'd lost DH's DSis to bone cancer (breast cancer secondaries) shortly after her 40th birthday....... followed a short time later by my Dad, to Oesophageal cancer that had spread to his stomach. And they weren't the first: we've lost other family members and friends to this bloody awful disease over the years. So helping someone in their endeavours to raise money to fund vital research into finding a cure for cancers was a given, as it's a cause dear to my heart.

The call went out last week for all ornies to be sent in, so it was time to extract my digit and get those ornies finished so they could be wrapped, packaged, addressed and sent on their way. So here's the first one, prior to going in the wrapping:

Design: Snowflakes for Cancer - Cure
Designer: Virginia Knutson of Vee and Co
Fabric: Count On Me 28ct evenweave, Aster
Threads: Carrie's Creations Boysenberry; Coats Reflecta #3031 + Mill Hill beads
Finish: Pinkeep style Christmas ornie

That's in the general cancer colour, stitched in memory of my Dad. And the second one:

Design: Snowflakes for Cancer - Hope
Designer: Virginia Knutson of Vee and Co
Fabric: Count On Me 28ct evenweave, Aster
Threads: Carrie's Creations Sassy; Coats Reflecta #3031 + Mill Hill beads
Finish: Pinkeep style Christmas ornie


Pink for breast cancer and this is in memory of Helen. They sparkle way more IRL. I've also included another ornie I stitched way, way back for the JA/S&S Monthly Challenge during Breast Cancer Awareness Week. That had originally been with Helen in mind but it is now for Aunty Doreen, who was my Mum's friend and neighbour for many years, who was also lost to breast cancer.

All three ornies are now in the post and will soon be winging their way across the pond, so they should hopefully be in Donna's hands early next week (says she, with fingers and everything else crossed!).

So looking forward to seeing pics of the tree. I hope you raise your target and then some Donna - will certainly be sending out lots of best wishes and Good Luck vibes your way. :0)

9 comments:

Lesleyanne said...

Beautiful finishes and for such a good cause too.

Rachael said...

Lovely ornies!

Miss 376 said...

What lovely ornaments and I'm sure there was a lot of feeling gone into them as well

Christine said...

Lovely ornies and a great cause

Mylene said...

Lovely ornamnets and beautifully finished.

Julie said...

Wonderful Karan. The tree is going to be so full of love.

Angela said...

Your ornaments are delightful. Lets hope they and all the others raise plenty of money for this excellent cause.

Siobhan said...

What lovely ornaments, and for such a good cause. Well done, Karan.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Beautiful ornies! I'm raising money right now for a breast cancer run on Sunday. Its soemthing that has touched me as well.