Wednesday, June 09, 2010

SBQ: Dad

Here is this month's SBQ:

Tell us about something that you have stitched or plan to stitch for any father in your life. Maybe it’s for your father, your father-in-law, your children’s father, your grandfather, your godfather, or someone who was or still is an important father-figure in your life. Why did you choose this particular piece of stitching? Tell us the story behind it.

And because a simple one part question is never adequate, let’s go some more:

Often times we identify our love of needlework and our skills with our mothers or grandmothers or other women. It’s understandable because often they were are first teachers or role models. Now let’s think about our stitching life as it relates to our dads. Is there anything about our approach to stitching that we can recognize as traits of our fathers? For instance, does your dad (or any other important man in your life) have an approach to one of his interests that you can observe and think, “Hey….if I substitute the word “needlework” for “fly fishing”, we’d be pretty darn similar!” So tell us about it.

I haven't stitched anything for my dad. Mainly because I know he wouldn't really appreciate it. Even a couple of months ago, I brought over a project to show my mom, which happened to be my sister's 50th birthday present, and he goes "Are you still wasting your time doing that? You should be :::insert whatever he said because I tuned him out at that point::: At one time, I considered doing Love You Dad by Bent Creek. I had done Love you, Mom and this would be the companion piece but there's that tie...and my dad only wears a tie for baptisms, graduations, weddings and funerals because he spent his life being a factory worker. So I scratched that. He's much happier if I gift him with Costco gift cards and cake.

And I don't know if he is really obsessive about much other than food and tv and I inherited that as well as the craftyness from my grandmother on my mom's side. My dad is pretty simple. As long as he can go on his walks, eat, watch tv and take naps...he's a pretty happy guy!

8 comments:

Margaret said...

I'm the same way -- there's no way my dad would appreciate a stitched piece! And he would say the same exact thing to me. lol! Funny about that!

Deb said...

I stitched a sailboat for my father and he liked it. Probably because he loved to sail. I don't think he liked much else of what I stitched though. I don't think men get it! LOL

Pumpkin said...

I stitched a John Deere Tractor for my Dad one Christmas. He LOVED it and has it hanging in the bedroom, much to my mother's dismay ;o)

廖淑凡 said...

Some people cannot see the wood for the trees. ............................................................

Dani - tkdchick said...

I haven't stitched anything for my Dad, but I certainly should! I know my Mom said he really liked a piece he saw once when he was at the LNS with her picking up a GC for me. I do happen to have it in my stash as I wanted to do it for myself. But I know it would be better with him since he's visited the place depicted in the piece. It'll be a project for next year since he celebrates his 70th b-day. But other than that Iv'e never thought of stitching for him.

Julie said...

My dad loved to see what i had been up to with my hobby. The last piece he saw before he passed over was a fishing sampler i stitched for my son for Christmas and he had asked me to take it into hospital to him so he could look at it before i wrapped it.

burtong said...

當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。...............................................................

Siobhan said...

My dad passed away before he could see me stitching. I think he would get a kick out of it, though, since he urged me to take Home Ec in school & I refused, taking Wood Shop instead. ;) I have stitched for my FIL and he loved it, which I appreciated.