As I took an early morning walk through the field I saw that the spiders had been busy at their handwork – spinning delicate silver threads that were now laced with dew. Their threadwork was strung here and there between the tall grasses of the field and amongst the dark branches of the pines. Some consisted of a just few simple threads and others were masterfully intricate works that billowed gently on the current as I walked by. What a treat to see them while they were still strung with glistening jewels and before the winds blew them away!
On my way back up to the house I gathered these humble gifts from the wild roses and the rusty crabapple tree…
“This was one of those perfect New England days in late summer where the spirit of autumn takes a first stealing flight, like a spy, through the ripening country-side, and, with feigned sympathy for those who droop with August heat, puts her cool cloak of bracing air about leaf and flower and human shoulders.”
~~Sarah Orne Jewett~~
I, too, have been busy at my handwork and am pleased to have finished not one, but two new patterns this month! The first, Merrie Halloween, is a festive blackwork sampler featuring a good set of motifs including kitties, winding vines, a grinning jack, sliver of moon, and a flying witch.
The second, Tea Kettle Pinkeep, is in the style of a marking sampler, and as the name implies, features a humble tea kettle ~ a replica of the one that sits on a chair next to Mrs. Otis in my garden. Both are available under Featured Items as well as on Pattern Mart.
Look for the return of Miss Fancey Blackett next month!
The artists on Early Work Mercantile are celebrating September with our annual Olde Harvest & Halloween Gathering! Pay a visit to my Early Work Mercantile page where you will find finished designs of my new patterns as well as a special offering of antique “witch’s” boot pincushions!
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