This is a picture of the little cloth that we've used in our Pascha basket each year. Dear Husband bought it many years before we married - probably right after he became Orthodox - and has used it in his basket every year since then. This cloth is a print of a Ukrainian cross stitch pattern and this past year at Pascha I took a really good look at it and thought how cool it would be to make a real cross stitched basket cover myself. I'd never done cross stitch before - but how hard could it be?
So this year right after Pascha, I went over to the Ukrainian Gift Shop, a local store which mostly sells supplies for Ukrainian egg decorating (we go there for this reason many times each Lent!) I knew they had a few supplies for other Ukrainian crafts, too. They had lots of cloths like the one I was interested in - and they were gorgeous, which was inspiring! So I bought a little book with individual Ukrainian egg patterns. But I have no pattern for whole piece and am sort of winging it with alot of help from this book and some books I got from the library.
How hard can it be? Well, it's not all that hard - it just takes a very long time. Now I have done a bunch of work on this little project - but I have LOTS more to do. I started right after Pascha last year and have worked on it on an off. I go in spurts, it seems - working on it several evenings in a row, then I stop for whatever reason for a couple of weeks, then pick it back up again. Even just the part that I have done is far from perfect, but it's actually turning out alot better than I thought it would.
I'm guessing it won't be done so that we can use it this coming Pascha - which is OK. I told my family that my goal was to have it completed by Pascha 2017 (don't you love a realistic goal?).
This should keep me out of trouble for at least awhile - if my eyes hold out that long!
If I make measurable progress in coming months, I'll post an updated shot.