Before I show photos of my new Sampler progress I think a big smile from Cully May will brighten your day more than anything else, don't you?
She and I spent four hours together yesterday, all by ourselves, and I became re-acquainted with those old Play School songs I used to sing to her mummy, aunties and uncles when they were little.
We played on the floor and blew raspberries at each other, she sat on my lap while I rolled us around Elefantz HQ in my office chair (and boy, did she love that!), she tried her hand at answering emails on my laptop but sadly I don't think her language skills are employable yet...and for the odd 15 minutes she took a nap.
I was exhausted when mummy and daddy came to pick her up after lunch, but it was a very satisfied and happy exhausted. And isn't that the very best kind?
Now, about my new Sampler.
For months I've wanted to design a single-piece Sampler stitchery, but it needed to be one which could also offer a set of individual embroideries for other projects.
The background I chose was a small and beautiful piece of traditional pink and white cotton gingham which had been stored away for years waiting for 'such a task as this'.
It really has brought the Sampler to life. much more than I'd dared hope.
"My Simple Sampler 2017" will be the pattern for January's issue of The Stitchery Club.
Here's some progress peeks...
There are six small embroideries separated by double rows of running stitch and a title design across the top.
Along the bottom I will stitch my name, but the pattern will include an alphabet for those who stitch this Sampler to sew their own name.
The first three embroideries are completed, and over New Year and early January I'll stitch the remainder.
Not sure yet if I'll finish my Sampler in a frame or as a mini-quilt.
With all the life changes right now (Mr E changing jobs, looking for a new rental home, packing up and moving within 3 weeks...) that's not something I need to have an answer for immediately, but a decision to make in a couple of months.
But regardless of the final display, I'm genuinely loving stitching it...
There are some CHANGES to the normal flow of becoming a member of The Stitchery Club during the next month as we'll be in a state of 'movement and upheaval' and I have decided to give myself a little holiday break.
Normally new members have until the 16th of the month to join and then receive the new issue of The Stitchery Club via email on the 17th.
For the next Club issue only, I am closing new memberships on January 5th.
You can join anytime between now and the 5th if you are not already a Club member and within 24 hours you'll receive a free gift pattern via email so you'll have something sweet to stitch while you wait for your first Stitchery Club issue to arrive on the 17th.
This is the gift pattern I'll send you...
Go HERE to learn more, or to join the Club today.
Note: The pattern for "Made with Heartstrings" is here in my shop as a single purchase.
I'm off to visit a friend this morning, then home again to settle in and finish stitching Cully May's Christmas gift...but I can't show it to you until after the big day. Wish I could!
Be blessed as you go about your doings...