With embroidery of the blue Simpler Sampler complete, I went right on to another project. I cannot find a photo of the finished design to show you, but it is a Mary Beale design entitled "Glory of the Lord" and actually requires more than one color! Consequently it is going much slower and is a bit less entertaining that the fun blue one. Still the colors are soft and nice and I expect it will be just fine. Again I'm sticking to basic little Xs and no specialty stitches.
Already I've messed up. Sigh. The intent was to put that geometric border in first as it would serve as a great guideline for stitch placement for the rest of the floral design. I got over half done when I discovered I was using a lighter shade than intended. Well! That took the shine off. Now my plan is to do all of the interior and decide how it looks. It may be just fine. If not, I can always pull that out and restitch (although that sure doesn't sound like fun!).
Speaking of samplers and embroidery, do you read the Blue Garter blog? She has a wonderful post on such a special piece of stitching that she inherited. How I would love to see that in person as well as all the other goodies she mentions. What a treasure!
I also got a chuckle reading Juju Vail's discovery in an old sampler. Inspiration is everywhere.
And now, here are two totally UNrelated things:
#1 - an update on the tulip tree
in spite of the crazy back and forth warm and cold weather we've been having, the tulip tree has bloomed and was not severly affected by the couple of times that the temperatures neared or reached freezing. This tree is near the post office and I always root for it to make it as it is truly lovely when all bloomed out.
#2 - Paper Lace!
Wow! This artist is talented!