|Dandy Dreams by Silver Creek|
Stitched on "Fog" Picture this Plus 28ct linen
Charted for DMC, but I substituted with Sullivans' Threads
It was so much fun to stitch and I thought of my Kansas friends the whole time I stitched it. Maybe you all do that, too. When you've been stitching and shopping with friends and you think of them all the while as you stitch the things you purchased that day? This sampler will always remind me of my trip to Kansas for the Heartland Shop Hop last year. I spent the weekend hanging out with an old friend and meeting new ones...what could be better?
I've also been working on my Birthday project - one of the oldest samplers in my stash. It's coming along nicely. I decided not to change a thing about it...I'm letting it remain true to its 1988 roots. And because I'm using undyed linen and regular DMC, it's washable. So I'm stitching this in hand - no scroll frame or lap frame, and I have to say I'm enjoying its "no fuss" nature.
|Antiqued Sampler, by Eileen Bennett|
Oh boy, last night was another Pysanky egg class. It's more fun than I would ever have thought. I may have to make eggs for all seasons, not just Easter.
This coming Sunday the church that hosts our class will hold its annual Eggstravaganza. (Don't snicker...my husband snickered when I said that. Ha. He won't snicker when he sees me taking the checkbook) It's a festival of egg makers and designers and I really hope they let me take photos because the displays are going to be gorgeous! They'll be selling eggs and egg-decorating supplies, as well as some other ethnic crafts.
I've always been interested in their Easter Cloths - that's the cloth used to cover the food taken to church in Easter baskets to be blessed on the Saturday before Easter. They're embroidered with symbols, can be quite elaborate and many are passed down from mothers to daughters through the generations. Are any of you familiar with this? I used to take a basket to church on Easter Saturday, filled with representations of my Easter Sunday meal, but I never had a beautiful cloth, and as time went by I somehow I got away from doing it. Just got busy with other things, I guess.
But anyway...the eggs! I finished fewer eggs this week, because I didn't do my homework. (Shades of my high school career are coming through). So this week I finished a maroon and turquoise egg, a pink egg with flowers and a red egg with scroll work on the top. The instructor was awfully busy this week, too, so I didn't have time to empty my other finished eggs. Now I can worry about them for another week.
I wasn't too happy with this egg. It looks like a crazy person drew on it and the colors aren't as vivid as I like. But I do like my work on its top and you can see that in the photo with the bowl of eggs below. It's the red one at the bottom right.