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My Flying Horses Project …



When Deb and I were on MV in October we saw this print of the Flying Horses done by artist Joan Walsh. I love the Flying Horses and Joan’s rendition definitely captures the essence of them.  Believe it or not I wasn’t sure whether to purchase the print, until Deb suggested it would make a nice counted cross stitch project for me, as well as a nice Christmas gift !!  She said she could chart it and it would make a nice companion piece to the Tabernacle one she charted for me in 1996.  Sounded like a great idea .  I immediately had selective amnesia concerning the entire conversation and so was greatly surprised on Christmas morning to open a box containing…

chart of the Flying horses…


which Deb divided into 8 sections… you can see a close up of one of the sections below…

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included is chart of floss colors and names, and tah dah, floss and fabric.

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Since I’m still working on the Tisbury counted cross stitch I gave her for her birthday last month, it will be awhile before I begin the Flying Horses.  I already can’t wait until I finish it and can hang it next to…

The Tabernacle…

{{below is my post from 11/7/07 about it …
This is my counted cross stitch masterpiece.  My daughter Deb took a photograph of the Tabernacle… blew it up to an 8×10 and charted it by hand on graph paper.  There might have been computer programs for that but she didn’t have one and I’m not sure we even had a computer!.  She also bought the material and my daughter Patty bought the threads and that was my Christmas gift that year.  All I had to do was sew it.  People always ask how long it takes to do projects so I kept track.  Over the course of 3 months I sewed a total of 138 hours… every inch of the picture is counted cross stitches… even all the blue sky… and there seemed like endless amounts of that.  After it was finished we took it, along with the original 5×7 photograph and had it framed.  For a couple of years I just wasn’t happy with the frame though so when I had my other MV counted cross stitches framed I gave this picture a new one.  I also added a little plaque at the bottom that says The Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs – Martha’s Vineyard.}}

Sew So, I’ll be keeping busy for the next several months and when I’m done and it’s framed I’ll show the finished project.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

3 thoughts on “My Flying Horses Project …

  1. Joan,

    This is a magnificent Christmas Gift from very thoughtful and caring, Deb!
    You must be thrilled and very excited to get to the cross-stitch of the Flying Horses. I, too, love Joan Walsh’s interpretation of these carousel horses! Think of the generations of children and grown-up children who have loved these delightful carousel creatures!


  2. What a great project, I look forward to the finished work! If you’re getting the snow we’re getting, nows a good time to get started. Ugh!

  3. What a thoughtful gift! It is so personal, and will give you pleasure in doing it, and your family years of enjoying looking at it. These kinds of thoughtful, personally tailored gifts are the best!

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