Welcome back to day 4 of new pattern preview days!
The inspiration for this berry-themed design came from a day in early June, last year. Dave and I went with our daughter and grandchildren to a berry farm to pick strawberries. I don't know who had more fun...the kiddos picking strawberries for the very first time, or me just watching the grand-kiddos have fun! I had my first attempt at home-made strawberry jam....yummy! I see more strawberry picking days in our future...already looking forward to early June!
Berry Days at Thistle Down Farm has a fun little finish. I have chose to finish it into a stitching companion. The needlework is mounted onto a little wooden box that looks like a book! The "binding" of this book has a little drawer that pulls out...a perfect spot to fill with tapestry needles, scissors, etc. Along with the box piece, there is also a companion piece for a tiny little needle book. Fun & functional! I will be selling the wooden book boxes, as well.
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I have always loved antique Quaker samplers...love them, love them, love them! This piece is my adaptation of a Quaker sampler. Some motifs are borrowed from my antique samplers and some are my original motifs...a modern-day take on a Quaker sampler. Quaker Handework is worked in shades of red, browns, golds and brownish-greens...the color palette is scrumptious! The 2 strands of floss make the stitches look like they are resting on top of the linen, really like it! I chose to make this a family sampler, stitching our initials randomly among the motifs. The pattern includes an alphabet chart so that you may personalize the sampler. A very special "THANK YOU" to Susanna Baker for stitching this piece for me!
See you tomorrow!
With thy Needle & Thread,