The Nashville Needlework Market is in full swing this weekend, and as promised, I am releasing two new patterns – both reproductions of antiques in my collection.
The first is "Elizabeth Ravenscroft" (above). Ten year old Elizabeth worked her mid-19th century sampler with wool and silk threads on linen. In addition to rows of letters, bands and verses, Elizabeth has filled her sampler with charming motifs, including a large flowering urn, birds, trees, and a folky little couple. As with most of my reproductions, I used thread colors that capture the timeworn palette on the front of the sampler rather than the brighter threads preserved on the back.
The second is "Ann Barlow 1829". The bright and cheerful colors of Ann’s little garden of fruits and flowers were a delight to stitch during this long, cold winter. They remind me of some of my own garden favorites – zinnias, marigolds, and catmint. This sampler works up fairly quickly and is done entirely in cross stitch with the exception of a single straight stitch.
Both patterns are available under "Featured Items" at right as well as on Pattern Mart.
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Until Next Month...
Until next month, my friends, I encourage you to spend some quiet time doing that which is a balm to your winter-weary spirit...
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"While some in Folly’s Pleasures roll,
And seek the joys that hurt the soul,
Be mine the silent calm repast,
A Peaceful conscience to the last."
Alexander Pope ~ “The Universal Prayer” (1787)