Tis the Season
from the Joyeux Noel book
by Blackbird Designs
I made small changes. The original design has "Tis the season to be jolly". Now the word "jolly" conjures up a Santa Claus with a great big jiggly belly. As much as I love Santa, I thought the word "joyous" more appropriate to this elegant design. I also added those 3 little diamonds at the end. I tweaked a few small things but generally the design stays true to the original. I used the recommended Belle Soie silks on Pear linen by Lakeside. I did substitute "Butterscotch" for "Scarecrow" in the silk as the latter wasn't showing up very well against the linen.
I am happy I have one thing done with a Christmas theme!
Next up is this - any guess?
You can see a beautiful framed piece on Tanya's post. When I saw it, I knew I had to stitch it. This is 1854 Isabella Johnstone sampler, in the Summer 2010 issue of the Sampler and Antique Needlework (SANQ) magazine. I am using the recommended Belle Soie silks, some of which are leftovers from Tis the Season project above, on 35 ct WDW Parchment linen. I am really enjoying stitching this piece but will probably have to put it aside soon as I wait for the full order of silks to arrive in the post.
I am always inspired by what Tanya is stitching. Therefore, I am really excited that she has reproduced Jane Tindall 1864, which you can see on her post here. A photo of Jane appeared in the same SANQ issue as Isabelle above, in an article talking about cows in needlework! Even back then I had loved this sampler so I was so happy that I get to stitch it now!
Thank you so much for your compliments about my blog. You were all so gracious! They really made my day and encourage me to keep on going!
A reminder that the blogoversary giveaway ends tonight, so please go to this post if you have not already done so. I have a busy week with work deadlines coming up so you may not hear from me till next weekend about who won the giveaway.
In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Happy Stitching!