Sunday, January 3, 2010

Here at the fountain's sliding foot...

I can finally let the cat out of the bag! Sanctuary is done, and has found its way to a new home chez JCB. The lovely Janet and I discovered the pattern together when out shopping after an excursion to last year's needlework show at Woodlawn, so I think it was a fitting tribute to our friendship. I put in the last few hemstitches during the snowstorm that blew through a week before Christmas. It was a perfect day to sit and stitch by a roaring fire--all kinds of plans were cancelled and we were trapped in the house while an eventual 17.5 inches of snow settled over the bushes.

Here is a close-up of the hemstitching. I am very happy with the way it turned out, though I will admit that the corners were not exactly done in the textbook manner. When I did them the way I was supposed to, they had little points, like witches' shoes, which was not exactly what I was hoping for, so I just fudged it a bit.

I think this little yellow flower is my favorite.

I'll be putting a few more shots on my flickr account. Farewell, Sanctuary! I enjoyed the hours we spent together, and I hope you enjoy your new home.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010 is here. On Monday I drove out to In Stitches in Virginia and found some wonderful linens. These clean, fresh fabrics hold all the promise of the new year. Can't wait to see what it brings!