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 -
I love old textiles - samplers quilts rugs coverlets furniture etc. I love samplers and stitching them. Knitting has been with me my whole life and is probably my first love. Rug hooking is a passion for me and I really love the creative freedom in working with wool. Hope you enjoy all my wooley thoughts !