For those who like to know
a little bit about how a design comes about, keep on reading; if you want
to get on with it, just go on to another page.
I first set needle to fabric when I was about 8. I was visiting my grandmother,
and my cousin and I were trying to stitch some crosses on gingham fabric
to eventually make aprons. It was not a pretty sight. Fast forward about
5 years and I started doing the classic wool on printed canvas, continental
stitch pictures. We have quite a few of those around. Fast forward again.
In the early 70s (when I was decorating my first apartment and first
house) I discovered some wonderful pillow tops still wool on canvas
using a variety of different stitches. Those were fun! The next phase
in my stitching career (during the raising kids and having a career stage
of my life) involved small counted cross stitch pieces who has
time for involved stitching projects?
Then about 5 years ago I took Susan Portras Bring Your Canvas
to Life class. And discovered those wonderful threads! (Wool is nice
but, oh, the possibilities.) Then I did Jean Hiltons Chapter
Patches. I dont know when Ive had so much fun doing a piece
of stitching. All those exciting stitches! I think my fate was sealed.
Then I got cancer (Everything is fine now) and during treatment I had a lot
of time to think. And one of the things that I thought about was Is
there anything Ive ever really wanted to do? Well Terry, nows
the time. Go for it!
Ive always meant to get around to making Christmas Stockings for my
3 daughters, but I just never found exactly what I was looking for. So I
decided that it was time I started designing. I was also inspired by a pair
of socks I bought one Christmas season argyle of course red,
with purple and black diamonds. Three daughters, so eventually, 3
The XOctagon patterns were the result of my initial design efforts.
Terry Gifford lost her courageous
battle with cancer and died on June 24, 2006. Her husband Mike
will continue to make her designs available to the many stitchers
who admire Terry's work.