First of all, here's my Drawn Thread's Cloister Garden framed - the cut-out at the top was a surprise from my framer, and I love the way it adds to the design.
It's now part of my sampler wall, although I may change its location as I add more to this wall throughout the coming year.
|Twigg Miniatures - "LT"|
In October, I posted a photo of the first of the Tristan Brooks Christmas Sampler Trio that I'd finished, Goodwill to Men. I've now completed the stitching in the second one, Peace on Earth - these are deceptively simple, but I found the eyelets and the queen stitches a real challenge. Each time I work through this type of section, though, I learn more about how to improve my execution of the stitches, and gain a new appreciation for the sampler-stitching skills of the young girls of centuries past!
|Tristan Brooks Christmas Sampler Trio - Peace on Earth|
Blackbird Designs' vintage-style "Tis the Season" was lovely to stitch and I look forward to having it on the wall for next Christmas. I chose the wording in French, and changed one of the colours so that the words and snow would be more distinct on the muted hand-dyed linen. Cardinals don't live in this part of the country, but as I grew up with them in our yard in Ontario, I like to remember them, especially at Christmas. They still come regularly to visit my mother when she's outside on her patio there.
|Blackbird Designs Tis the Season|
Currently I'm working on three pieces - a simple Victoria Sampler design, the second Twigg Miniature, and an Easter design from Gracewood Stitches. I'll add images of these when I have a little more to show.
Besides stitching, I'll be baking cookies and squares early in the week (for a funeral lunch) and more marmalade mid-week (the Seville Oranges are only in season for a short time) - hopefully the kitchen duties won't stretch into the evenings and I'll be able to see more progress in all of the handwork projects.
Till later ......