Both my folks stitch - my mom stitches samplers and seasonals and my dad stitches awesome things - not usually samplers but he did do the beautiful Rachel Hyde for me a couple of years ago. He enjoys stitching Mirabilia designs and my mom and I love that he loves stitching them. We have quite a collection of them hanging in our homes. The last one he did for me was Bluebeards Princess Mermaid and I have so many of them framed - I decided I wanted this one made into a pillow. I had a very specific idea about what I wanted for this pillow - I did not want a glitzy overwhelming trim or fabric - I wanted something simple but elegant that would leave the Princess as the center attraction. I debated about sending her to california to Marlene's and I talked to several other finishers about her. One woman even refused to take it saying that Mirabilia's needed to be framed. I tried a new finisher here in Florida.
The finishing as far as fabric choice, trim choice and workmanship is great - however I was horrified to see that she practically cut off the top and bottom motifs on this piece. EGADS - wouldn't you think a professional finisher would not do something like this?????????? Plus it is a 14" pillow and I think a 16" would have been much better - it looks so small on my sofa - sad shame to have this lovely piece so poorly finished - I am sorely disappointed - oh and just so you don't think I properly communicated my wishes - NOT - I sent at least 3 very specific emails saying exactly what I wanted and truth be told - this is a 2nd attempt - she had finished as a box pillow and framed out the mermaid in fabric which I specifically told her I DID NOT WANT !!!!!!!!!!! Ok - enough with the complaining - I guess my point is - no matter how much info you give someone about what "you" want - problems can still arise.
Lot's of stash has been purchased lately - Nothing from market has arrived yet and I am trying to be good - really I am. I made another trip to Mt Dora to visit A Stitchers Dream this past Saturday and took a class on basic hardanger by Victorias Sampler. the shop owner is quite the hardanger expert and a big fan of Thea's designs. I was a complete failure - had to pull out everything I put in and start over - by that time - we had already taken a luxurious two hour lunch at the Garden Gate tearoom and all I wanted to do was SHOP! So I'll restart that class piece another time (maybe LOL)
Here is some photos (not all) of a few things that I have gotten lately. I was so thrilled when I saw on Shakespeares Peddler newsletter that she was stocking Elizabeth Savilles sampler by**** corrected from Fingerwork to Dames of the Needle. I love Terri's blog face showing this lovely sampler. Terri was kind enough to share her conversion with me but being the silk snob that I am - I asked Theresa to convert it to silks for me - Here is her conversion which is Gloriana silk floss and Gloriana Florimell - my new favorite overdyed silk - gorgeous huh?
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