Well....that's my plan. I'll let you know how it works out. Because I have other things I need to spend money on in 2015. Like a wedding. Or two.
Here's the Jan Houtmann Tree of Life sampler I worked on for 5 years. 2007-2012, to be exact, then two years to get up the gumption to frame it. It's on 36 ct. white linen, with Au Ver A Soie silk. I can't remember the color numbers and to tell you the truth, their dye lots vary so much that knowing the numbers is useless. Let's call it red and light red.
And boy, did I ever beat the heck out of that pattern. Have you ever had a chart that is totally unusable when you've finished with it? I kept the fabric and thread pristine, but the chart looks like it's been through a war.
That's a stone wall in the interior of my home, and that's where it'll hang. But right now it's on the floor.
Here's a cute little Quaker you've seen before, but now it's framed and on the wall in my entryway. It's a Goode Huswife design: Quaker Four Corners, with HDF BeRedded silk on PTP Doubloon 32 ct. Jobelan.
And this has been around for a while, too. I love the mat and frame choices my framer gave me. Really perfect for this sweet little alphabet. It's La D Da's "ABCD" done on 40 ct linen with Belle Soie Mer Blue.
Finally, here's my blue Quaker Samplings, by Ellen Chester of With My Needle. I'll bet it's the first Quaker design I purchased long, long ago. I loved every minute of stitching this, and I made some minor adaptations, pulling out some of the hearts and adding my family's initials and the year instead. I think the design used Belle Soie Chester's Blue, but I chose Blue Lagoon silk. (Colorworks silk now). I'll be sending this to the framer's very soon.
Ok, now I've stitched a red Quaker, a blue Quaker, a rust Quaker and a green Quaker. What's next?
I'm thinking gold. Or purple. But probably gold....