I spent a few minutes today looking for horse patterns for my students interested in cross stitching. I looked at a couple of others that are overwhelming in their beauty and difficult. The first one is pictured above, and it is called "Passing By." Our boys love (note the tense) Thomas the Tank Engine as it was written by the Rev. W. Awdry. The boys were both with us on our semester-long stay in England many years ago (James Martin was "on the way"). We took John Thomas everywhere with us even though he was less than a year old. I think this trip began a life-long love of trains for him. We saw some many train stations like this one--they seemed to be impervious to any passage of time. James Martin loves trains just as much, in particular those residing on The Island of Sodor. Many of the beautiful illustrations resemble this scene. The pattern, fabric, and thread costs a little less than $90 from my favorite vendor, Everything Cross Stitch
I also found this one:
It too, seems to represent a lifetime project. The cost is comparable to the one pictured above. Could I do these? The train would be for James Martin, and the Bible for John Thomas. He has found so much joy in learning to translate the Scripture. I think it has surprised him how much he has fallen in love with learning about the original languages of Scripture AND the English traditions.
I have ordered the patterns but NOT the thread or fabric (too much to spend right now). But I can look at the patterns to see whether I can do them or not. Wouldn't they be great graduation gifts when they finish grad school?
I know I can shop around and catch some sales on fabric and floss, but do I have the character and perseverance to complete them? I don't think the stitching is that hard--it is just what they call now, the "full coverage." I will have a better idea when I have the patterns in hand.