14.2.12

gifts that will outlive us

cross-stitch sampler for my love (it only took me a year)..



pattern from shakespeare's peddler, modified to add my birth name, change our hair colours, make the horse look more like a mule, and take out the yucky "obey" stuff..)

and rose beads for me..


strung and knotted with silk cord. still need to find the right clasp.

happy valentines, all!

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    1. happy v-day to you serena! thanks for visiting :)

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  2. This is a beautiful piece of embroidery.
    What a lovely gift. The rose beads too.

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    1. thank you so much judy! hub was happy with it. thanks so much for being here.

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    1. thanks penny, so nice to see you!! long time.

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  4. I adore your sampler, Drucilla! The rose beads are lovely, I have a sheet of dried what looks like rose fruit leather, after simmering in the cast iron pot, etc. -- now it's time to grind and roll into beads -- you give me hope!!! I've been putting it off for several years, if you can believe that...but it's been in an airtight bag the whole time. ;-)

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    1. oh dear, i'd love to see this rose fruit leather! will you have to re-simmer to roll? i'm still getting all the details right. i have a new batch on the stove ready to roll too. this time yellow roses, but the beads seem to turn black from the iron regardless.

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    2. No, I'll just powder it now and add a bit of rosewater & essential oil to moisten and then roll. I guess it's drier than fruit leather. Will show it when I get around to doing it!

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  5. did he love it? love the little bird in hand.

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    1. he did! or at least he made appropriate noises.

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  6. SUCH an engaging and lively piece of your hands and spirit! the shade modulations on the face give her life and the up and down-ness of the lettering gives it so much charm. did you use your own wool or that came with shakespeare's set?

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    1. hi katherine! thanks for stopping by. the shakespeare set came with this gorgeous overdyed cotton floss. i just love how the variegated thread looks.

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