In the meantime, there has been stitching. I'm proud (and relieved) to report that the Birth Sampler is DONE!
The silk ribbon work is done and the beads are all attached and the linen is stretched and ready for framing. I'll send it to the intended recipient and let them pick their own mat colors and frame. I'm not sure that what I would choose would be to their taste, and I would rather they choose something they will really love.
Here is a little bit closer look at the top half. I modified the design quite a bit. The original design is called Heirloom Anniversary Sampler and it does not have the open work border (an optional portion taken from a second design in the same leaflet). The silk ribbon heart at the top is also quite different on the original.
And here is the bottom half. I am very pleased with how this piece turned out, but I have to be honest- I'm glad to be done! It was a lot of work, but very worth it.
Here area couple of shots taken indoors so you can get a better idea of the colors.
I've also managed to finish up Pumpkin Harvest during the computer drought.
Yes, this is my actual stitching! Can you believe I got this all finished and stretched and then I noticed I left off the little bird button? You guessed it- I had to un-mount it, stitch the bird on and then re-stretch it! Argh!
This one finished up approximately 3" by 7" on 32ct Natural Belfast linen. You can just see my "signature' under the left pumpkin and the date under the middle one.
Now that these are done, I've started on a little kit I've had for a while called Cider House Garden, by Liz Turner Diehl. So far it's fun to stitch and looks promising. More about it later!
And hopefully, I'll have some sewing to share soon, too.