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fifteen going on sixteen

Daughter #2 and her friends are beginning to celebrate 16th birthdays. This weekend is Alyson’s birthday. Alyson has been a carpool buddy since preschool days, which means practically their whole lives–easy to say when you are 16. Given Alyson’s soon-to-be licensed driver status and their years of bonding while strapped in a back seat, Daughter #2 thought a keychain would be the perfect gift.

We buy the leather and canvas keychains at a local needlepoint shop for under $20.

The shop will draw on a standard monogram if you ask nicely, but we have watched Daughter #1 create her own clever needlepoint keychain designs for a couple of years, so Daughter #2 thought she’d try something on her own (with a little help from me!).

We began by xeroxing the blank canvas keychain at an enlarged size, making multiple copies, and then messing around with pencils in hand.

Since this was only the second keychain Daughter #2 has made, the two of us came up with a simple design that was easy to map out and stitch. Creating your own design involves a lot of counting, measuring, and figuring, so patience is required, especially when a teenage daughter and her mother are working together.

She stitched the background with DMC floss with blue/purple color variations using the basketweave stitch. It resulted in a pretty variegated pattern.

The car keys don’t come with the keychain!

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