Since I showed you some pics of my gardens outside, I thought I would now share with you my love of flowers through my stitching. (As I sit here typing next to the open window, I am breathing in the lovely scent from my "Hall's Honeysuckle Vine"... heavenly!!)
This pattern is by Cedar Hill called " Country Poppies". (Those red poppies are everywhere!) I tried my hand at coffee dying the fabric for this and I'm really happy how it turned out.
This next pic is one in a series of 5 that I stitched by Sisters & Best Friends called " Spring Glory". (I have also done, "Summer Joy", " Autumn Thanks", " Christmas Wish" , and " Winter Peace".) Did I happen to mention that a have a thing for seasonal patterns?? LOL
Our favourite framer Neale from the Thread & Eye made this simple rustic frame in a neutral wood tone that works with all of the stitched pieces. (I also had Neale mount and lace each piece.) It is then so easy to just take out the piece of foamcore cut to fit the back of the frame, and then insert the appropriate picture for that particular time of year. This is such an economical way to display this series and thankfully all of the pieces are the same size!
Here's one of my favourites called "Four Seasons" by Marjolein Bastin. It was so much fun to stitch! (It was also a longggg stitch though... I worked on it off and on for about 4 years!) The end result after all those hours of stitching was well worth the wait.
I have a few of MB's patterns, but this is the only one I've stitched so far. I am also a big fan (and giver) of her greeting cards. On a personal note: I had a customer come in that was buying some of her cards and this lady made the comment that she went to school in Holland with this amazing artist. Thought that was pretty cool! :^)
I can't take the credit for stitching this last pretty piece. It was stitched by my dear friend René and was given to me on my 41st birthday. Thanks 'Ne!! I just love it!!
René can't remember for sure, but she thinks this may be a Bent Creek pattern... more than likely OOP. I just love the simplicity of this pattern. I've displayed it in many different places in the house, and it looks great no matter where I put it.
So in keeping with the flower/gardening theme, I must get back to stitching on Mirabilia's "Summer in My Garden". Hope to show an update of her soon!!