As I've said before, the gift of creating something for someone is a gift of love, and this was a real labour of love. My mum doesn't cross stitch any more, but she'd bought this cross stitch in the 1960s and could never get to finishing it, so she gave it to me to finish for myself. Being her she wouldn't have dreamt of asking me to do it for her. But it was clear she loved it so I applied myself and earned some major brownie points and a huge smile, what more could I want! Funnily enough she'd always kept the frame she had made for it, and it fitted and looked great. It was lovely to work, really soft linen and soft colours and because it wasn't solid cross stitches it was actually done quite quickly. I usually flatten out hoop marks by stretching, but my mum would be taking it home on the train so it needed to be roll upabble. So I gently ironed it with a steam iron from the back, hovering just over the fabric at first, and it came out great.