August 06, 2006

Fruit, Glorious Fruit



While putting my sewing/computer/craft/fish room in order today, I pulled out this UFO that I started last year on vacation. I had lots of chance to work on it then, because it rained the whole 10 days we were there (what did I expect of Western Scotland in the fall, after all?) Since we have been debating this year's upcoming vacation plans, it seemed a perfect time to stitch a bit on it. Maybe I'll take it with me this year too. It's the Vermillion Stitchery's "Glorious Fruit" done on (I think) 28 ct. Cashel Dirty Linen using DMC.

I bought some fruit at the farmers' market yesterday. These are damson plums, each one a bit larger than a marble. When cut open and pitted, they have an odd-looking greenish flesh that I was worried was unripe or would make an unattractive jam. Nope. Cooked up with the skins on, they turn a lovely shade of red. Three cups of damson pulp yielded these four jars of preserves. Last week I made blackberry jam; next week I'll make peach. DBF doesn't enjoy homemade preserves; his mother canned anything that wouldn't move. He used to joke that if his dad ever disappeared, it would be because she had put him in mason jars.

3 comments:

Sue said...

What beautiful colors in the UFO you rescued!!! Nice bright colors for when it's raining :)

catandturtle said...

Wow, that is quite a piece. How big is it finished? Nice colors in it.

The mason jar comment was funny. I have never tried to can anything but it looks like fun.

Annemarie said...

Ah, you picked up a UFO as well. Good for you. And such a nice one, too! The jam looks de-li-cious! Oh, and I think your G looks fab. I didn't like to stitch with overdyes, because I felt I had to finish each cross as I went along. Then I decided stitching was for fun, and started stitching the way you have done so far. It still looks good, and I'm having much more fun!