Monday, May 25, 2009

THREE GIFTS



I have been remiss in showing the lovely Rachel Hyde sampler that my dad stitched for me. It has been framed for at least 2 months. It is stitched on a 32ct Wichelt fabric that is dyed. I don't know the name of it - just something I pulled off the shelf at our LNS and he used the called for DMCs. Last post I showed his beautiful Lady of the Flag and explained that typically he stitches pieces with lots of glitz, beads and so forth. Mostly Mirabilias however he did an awesome job on Rachel Hyde. I love the frame I chose. I did a close of up how he signs his pieces with a little cypher of his own creation - a W (for Wiley) inside a heart(for Hart) and the year. I will treasure it forever.





The second lovely piece is a birthday gift from a dear friend Carol who I have taken many memorable sampler related trips with and who is also a member of our sampler guild. She stitched this beautiful Quaker swan pin keep and did all the finishing herself. She also found an awesome tiny little thread winder to keep tucked in the hidden pocket inside. She personalized it with a large M and the year. It is for the time being going to live in my Liberty Hill scissor box which sits on my antique sewing table. There I can see it every day and remember my special friend Carol every time I see it.









Last but not least is a lovely housewarming gift stitched by dear friend Henrietta fondly known as "Henri" - also a member of my sampler guild and rug hooking guild and cherished friend. She did Susannah Goose from the JCS Halloween issue for me - I remarked that I loved that piece but just could not start anything else on 40ct linen - since that is her favorite count to stitch on - she offered to stitch it for me. The last photo is a close up shot to see her tiny initials. Our good friend Jill at the Azalea House ordered the frame shown in the JCS issue for me and then our other dear friend Karen G (Spinning Monkey fame) did the pinning and framing for me. So it was a labor of love from three dear friends -





11 comments:

Deb said...

What incredible gifts. First off, Rachel Hyde is wonderful. You are so fortunate to have a father that does stitching for you! The Quaker Swan Pin Keep is beautiful! That is such a special piece to remember a friend by. And the third piece - to have friends stitch it and frame it- how wonderful is that. You are so lucky to be so rich with friends.

Margaret said...

How wonderful, Melody! I love Rachel Hyde -- and I love how your father signs his stitching! And the two other pieces are lovely as well. It makes it so special that they are from special friends and a precious father.

Jackie said...

What special friends you have! All of the stitching is gorgeous! Your fathers piece is so special!

samplerlover said...

What a beautiful piece of work is your Rachel Hyde. It is just wonderful and also it is so special with your father stitching it for you. Your Quaker Swan Pin Keep is beautiful and the third piece is also wonderful seeing how many special friends worked on it. All 3 things are very special.
Love your antique sewing table - Sandra.

Siobhan said...

Wow! That's all I can say. Wow. What amazing gifts from thoughtful people who obviously treasure their relationship with you. Lovely stuff, Melody! I think my favorite thing to take away from your post is the cypher that your father uses to sign his artwork. What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing the eye candy! I want to run and stitch my brains out now. :)

Susan said...

These are beautiful pieces, Melody! I love Rachel Hyde--so glad your father departed from his usual type of stitching to do this for you.

Tanya said...

Rachel Hyde is a heirloom to be treasured. The pinkeep is gorgeous.
Susannah Goose looks like a fun stitch. What wonderful friends you have!

Françoise said...

Lovely!!!
hugs
françoise

Jan said...

Oh my goodness sakes, Mel...can I be your adopted sister???:) What a lovely, lovely sampler your daddy created for you, it is breathtaking, with all of the details!!

And your other two special gifts from friends are just as noteworthy, you have been spoiled, but so glad that you are!:)

Hugs!

TeresaB said...

Everything looks so beautiful. Can't wait to see them in person.

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