Barb and I have been busy working on the next Loose Feather series. Six of the twelve samplers in this series are already stitched! (Must be a first for us....usually we are always a bit late. We can't take all of the credit on being timely though...we've had lots of good help with this series.)
The two pictures above give you a look at the first 6 samplers in our Abecedarian project. One will be released each month.
Each sampler is framed exactly alike. When all 12 of the pieces are completed and framed they fit together and make a collage of images and stitches. We were imagining them over a fireplace or on a dining room wall or over a headboard in the bedroom. Each sampler records our families' genealogy too. (I must confess when you look at the samplers hanging on my walls, you would think I inherited all of my grandmother's needlework. It looks like I come from a family of tireless stitchers. My initials are missing from most of the samplers I have stitched.) Samplers seem to be the perfect medium to record my families genealogy.
This Loose Feather collection highlights the reason we love samplers. Each will have an alphabet, some of our favorite motifs, and be dedicated a member of our family.
The first pattern of the series goes to the printer tomorrow and will be a July release. It's shown below.
Barb designed this one in memory of her grandmother Mildred Larson, an avid bird watcher. She wanted to do a piece that reflected her grandmother's interest. A chart for numbers is provided so you can change the date and initials to celebrate the birdwatcher in your family.