I finished Strawberry House the other night. I really enjoyed working on this design. I (of course) changed a few things! I stitched mine on 28 ct Amber linen. I did use the Crescent Colours floss~Ladybug~because I absolutely LOVE this shade of red. I substituted most of the other floss called for with whatever struck me first as I was matching up the photo to my floss. I did omit some of the small flowers and changed the color to white. I did a giveaway already for this chart. If you are a "follower" of my Blog you may win one of my random giveaways! Congratulations to Loretta, the winner of this chart.
Next is Victoria Sampler's Learning piece called Happy Birthday. I did use the materials in the kit but not the gold metallic. I used Rainbow Gallery Petite Treaure Braid because I love it so much. Never tangles, a joy to use, etc. I will probably make this into a tiny pillow and hang it in the kitchen on everyones birthday. I did change a bit of the design also.
Last is CHS Quaker Pincushion. I did not use the recommended fabric or floss. I used a piece of overdyed 16 ct aida from my stash and WDW's floss in Whiskey, Mocha, Chestnut, and Teal Frost. I had to rip soooo many stitches out of this piece several times! I'm sure glad it's finished. Not sure what I'll do with this one. I did change the charted name to my initials and the current year. I liked it better that way.
I have to tell you what a wonderful afternoon I had. I have a freind from the cross stitch boards that was visiting from NJ. She an I met at an antique shop close to my house and we gazed and drooled over these Ackworth Samplers. Scroll down to see the group of five. They are stunning in person. We were amazed at the size of the fabric used on the Quakers. It appears to be 25 ct or larger. And it looked like it had a rough texture. It was nice to see Tina and get to see these samplers with her! I had never known this antique shop had such an extensive collection. My friend went into it last weekend with her husband and asked me if I had ever been to see all the samplers. What a treasure! Too bad they are a bit out of my price range!
I've been getting my new charts together and my class kits for Celebrations ready. I am looking forward to teaching there for the first time this year. Come say hello if you're attending.
On a sad note~Betsy Stinner's huband, Ken, passed away Sunday. He had been ill with cancer. Many know Betsy from her designs, Earth Threads, and her many teaching engagements over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betsy and her family at this sad time.
Thanks for stopping by..........Nancy