Bringing antiques to life is a true pleasure! In this case, we were fortunate to find an antique purse with stitching on the front and back--likely a gift. The mystery, though, is who were George and Hannah, whose names are stitched, one on each side, into the purse.
Preparing a calendar starts far in advance of the new year! Production of our 2017 Book of Days is underway and we couldn't wait to share the cover with you! While stitching is our passion, rarely is it actually depicted in Needlework! And this needleworker even has a basket of fibers at her feet. Be sure to ask your favorite shop or on-line retailer for your book of days this August.
Preparing for Market in Nashville distracted us from lots of tasks, including posts here. We wanted to take a minute to say "thanks" to the retailers who visited us and also to stitchers who enjoy our designs. Wanted to share this photo from Catherine Basile, who's working on Hippity Hop. Happy spring! --Maegan & Vickie
Gee, like the bird in our last post...tie flies! As we're busy preparing for Market next month, w wanted to take a minute to send Valentine's greetings to our stitching friends. Stay tuned for posts with news of our market items! --Vickie & Maegan
Preparation is a big part of our activities this time of year...preparing for myriad winter holidays, preparing for football game (it's a BIG deal for both of our husbands), preparing traditional meals (oh that egg- and butter-laden homemade stuffing)...and, now we're honored to be preparing for The Attic's Mid-January Sampler Symposium right here in sunny Arizona!
Garlands--draped from mantles or gracing an entry way--are the inspiration for our Christmas project this year. When we started stitching, we had no idea where this design would take us.
In our little corner of the world, as we busy ourselves cleaning up the remnants of a bountiful Thanksgiving (truly wonderful with family gathered and more food than we needed), we're also unwrappin the trimmings to decorate our homes for the Christmas season. Cross stitch treasures definitely add to the comfort and joy that Christmas brings.
Sometimes in the grand scheme of life, we pause and realize that the little things truly are what matter! Taking those few stitches before falling asleep after a long day. A cup of hot tea in the morning. A smile. A hug. A kind word.
Bringing you a "Book of Days" is exciting every year, but especially for 2016, because we've included some terrific hornbook images from a 19th century text, as well as an antique chart featuring great border and corner motifs!
Goodness! The "labors of love" in our lives seem to have gotten in the way of regular postings! No need to worry, though, just extra busy with family, home, travel, jobs and the like! Trying to find time to complete more projects and thought you might like to see one of the reproduction samplers that is keeping our needles busy this month.