Cross-stitch is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world. Linda Yarrow’s cross-stitch is on display in the hospital dining room until December 18, 2015.
Linda has been cross-stitching for 35 years. Throughout the years, her design choices have changed. Her current focus is on historical reproductions and primitive Adam & Eve samplers. For example, Susan Singleton is a 1760 reproduction stitched by a 12 year-old girl and Frances Eden was stitched in 1809 when she was 10 years old. One of her favorite pieces is the wedding portrait of her in-laws that she designed. It took 240 hours to stitch. The Lord’s Prayer is another one of her favorite pieces. Years ago, Linda collaborated with a designer on a few projects and the cross-stitch Midnight (stars and moon), was designed around the verse that she wrote.
Linda primarily stitches large pieces but occasionally, wants to start and finish something fast. She also enjoys Hardanger, which is a form of cut work.
“I have always wanted to be able to paint but I lack the talent for that so cross-stitch is a way for me to feel creative. I love to stitch on hand-dyed linens using silk threads. My main problem now is that I am running out of wall space to hang finished pieces”, said Linda Yarrow.