Last weekend I realized that I should have been working on the darling design that Paulette from Plum Street Samplers did last year as a freebie. Easter Blessings - I have seen a few of them stitched on linen and they are sooooooo cute - however I thought this would be perfect for a small rug so I asked my DF Katie to draw it off for me on rug linen. Of course I asked Paulette first and she thought it was a great idea. Most rugs have a border - I thought this rug needed a border to bring up the size a little bit and Katie and I brainstormed on a border. I did not show the border but it has carrots all around and Easter Blessings at the bottom. Isn't it darling?? The chocolate bunny boy looks a little ardvarky with his "too pointed" nose - I'll have to fix that next time I work on it. I had hoped to finish the yellow daisies but I did not have time to hook any this week. Katie is dyeing a light easter egg dye backround for this and I will probably use a spot dyed green/brown for the border backround which will show the carrots off nicely. I was determined to pull all my wool from stash for this piece. We'll see what Katie's backround creation looks like - hope it's what I envisioned - other than that small purchase - I think I can manage the rest from stash! WHOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!
DF and stitcher extraordinare Henrietta also does beautiful paper crafting - her creations never cease to amaze me. She always remembers her dear friends birthdays and holidays with her wonderful paper crafting. Here is the oh so darling Easter card. thanks Henri for always remembering!
Next up is Harriett on her tuffett - I showed you this lovely little primitive bunny in a previous post but she is nestled in a Longaberger easter basket along with plenty of carrots and some pretty eggs.
This very special lady was made by Jody's grandmother and mother. They sewed many of these bunnies in the early 90's - If I recall correctly - Jody's mom made the bodies and did the embroidery on the faces and Jody's grandmother who was already in her 80's at the time made all the clothes. She passed away 11 years ago at the age of 92 and we miss her so much. Sadly Jody's mom is now in a nursing home and has the dreaded Alzheimer's so she is slipping away every day.
I have not used her for many years but she looks so cute on my couch and she is holding the Easter Joy bag by Shepherds Bush. I think she looks very happy there and who wouldn;t be glad to be "out of the bag"!
I wanted to share with you some more sad news in our world - our wonderful "Olde Green Cupboard" is closing. How sad is that. The news came a couple of weeks ago and it was sure a shock. How awful that another great shop has been so affected by the economic woes of these past two very difficult years. It was a wonderful respite for all who frequented there. The retreats, classes, communing with like minded needleworkers - They are clearing out all their inventory at 50% off - I have already spent a bundle there - I'll show you in a future post the wonderful cabinet I got there for my wool room.
I'll end this post with a couple of photos of the beautiful Azaleas in my yard. We had a very rough winter here in NE FL but the flowering trees seem to be ever so lovely this year.
I wish for each of you Easter Joy - It is a time for renewal, for spending time with family and enjoying a bit of chocolate and hopefully some time with your needle. Easter Blessings to you all !
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 !