All I'll say about St. Brigid is that I've ripped the lovely front neck and shoulder shaping and it went well -- better than expected. I'm at about the half-way mark on what I think will be the last repeat. Yup.
Let's brighten things up with flowers! This pillow is mostly my maternal grandmother's work. She did embroidery, hooked rugs, sewing -- it's her treadle sewing machine in the picture. She reinforced the seams of every piece of store-bought clothing that came into her home on that machine. I think she had a bad case of startitis, perhaps a phobia about finishing. My mother says that Grandma never finished anything, and she left many unfinished projects. She died when I was 8 and somehow, this pillow top came to be in my possession -- the cross stitch was complete except for one corner of the border -- it lay folded in a drawer for many, many years; I'd pull it out and admire it from time to time. Eventually, I took it to a shop and matched floss as best I could -- gold, baby blue, and a darker blue -- and finished it off. I bought some satin for backing and made it up (not sure satin would have been used originally, but I didn't know any better). Unfortunately, the satin of the pillow top is starting to show some wear.