Both my grandmothers love men's handkerchiefs. I have a huge box FULL of embroidery floss that I got for free, so I made them each a set of 3 handkerchiefs.
For my maternal grandmother...she loves gardening and birds. I made her 2 roses and a hummingbird. She's no longer allowed to feed the birds at her townhouse, but she still does in secret. She can't feed the hummingbirds as often as she'd like though since the feeders are so obvious.
The whole set:
The invidual handkerchiefs:
Ruby-throated hummingbird. Probably her favorite, definitely mine from her set. Satin stitch, french knots, horizontal blanket stitch (modified), disconnected stem stitch, and backstitch.
Blooming rose. My least favorite, but she still liked it. Backstitch and stem stitch.
Rose spray. I absolutely love the colors in this one. From an antique design from a flickr group. Backstitch, stem stitch, fly stitch, disconnected stem stitch, and french knots.
For my paternal grandmother...who just adores butterflies. A couple years ago she and my grandfather had to sell their house and move to Arizona as they could no longer handle the Iowa winters. She was absolutely heartbroken...until she was adopted by a little ragdoll kitty. I modified the kitty pattern to looks like hers (as best I could remember, anyway), it was also from the flickr group.
The whole set...I tried to carry colors through all the handkerchiefs.
Blue butterfly. Backstitch and french knots. Maybe some split stitch or stem stitch? I can't remember, haha.
Melon butterfly. The first one I did, obviously before I figured out the tension in the cloth. Chain stitch to fill body, stem stitch, backstitch, split stitch, and french knots.
Kitty with butterfly. My absolute favorite. Again, I didn't want to part with this one, but I know she'll absolutely love it. Running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, disconnected stem stitch, chain stitch, french knots.
And a detail shot of the butterfly and his white running stitched trail...
I'm still working on a set for my mom and I forgot to photograph the two I made for my dad (Caps and Nats logos).