I gave this belated anniversary gift to my husband yesterday. I bought the canvas in 2006, after the Cardinals won the World Series that year. I worked on it for a while, noticed I had made a mistake, and became frustrated because I didn’t want to fix it. I put it aside and forgot it.
Can you see the mistake? The red stitching in the 1926 baseball doesn’t extend to the edge. (I know–what’s the big deal?)
When I cleaned my sewing room in the spring, I came across the belt. With age and perspective (and a mellowing of my perfectionistic standards), I decided it would be silly not to finish it. The thing is, the Cardinals have since won another World Series (in 2011), so I had to squeeze in another baseball. I became determined to get it done before the end of this baseball season because–you never know–they could win another World Series this year, and I wasn’t going to add any more baseballs!
I used #5 DMC perle cotton on the design and two strands of slightly different colored wool to create the tweedy background. Needlepoint Clubhouse did the belt finishing for me.
Last night the Cardinals, who have been struggling and in a slump, won against Cincinnati, rallying in extra innings to a 5-4 win. My husband is now calling it his lucky belt!