In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers. Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them. What were they for? Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures? Let’s find out.
Jessica Cross Stitch Magnet
This family treasure is a little cross stitch with my name on it in red thread. My mother made this piece as part of a massive collection of cross stitch magnets and items she created and sold at our schools for extra income. She created the cross stitch names and cut them out. She then glued each name on a piece of cardboard cut to size, and glued a magnet on the back. Then she finished off the piece by gluing pre-made lace around the name. This magnet is about 2 1/2 inches wide.
My mother made hundreds of these magnets and put them up for sale in the craft fairs. I remember standing at the school during the sale, looking at her display of names in all different colors and laces. I can’t recall how much she was selling them for, but it couldn’t have been more than $1 for each one. It was probably less than that.
I treasure this magnet. It is rapidly falling apart due to age. The lace is yellowing and falling off the piece. The only thing that is not coming apart is the thread in the name, and the magnet is thankfully still securely attached on the back.