Saturday, October 17, 2009

Grandma's needlepoint bag with Swedish flag

Grandma Edith Karlsson Franzen died 12 years ago at age 99. She had come over on the boat from Sweden when she was 15 and had always been so proud to still speak perfect Swedish till the day she died. She taught me to sew and sewed herself to almost the end. Actually, she won a thousand dollars at bingo the month before she died! Clear minded and active she was. She often slept with Bit O'Honey candy and True Detective Magazine under her pillow. She left behind lots and lots of needle work. When I found this cross stitched piece, I saw that she had added a small Swedish flag. This spring, I made it into a bag..carrying with me her memories:) Diane

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