Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Ok, so I am supposed to be "on the Wagon," meaning I am supposed to be stitching from my stash and not buying anything new. But I stumbled on "Sampler Wreath" by Mary Beale and couldn't resist it. I got it for $25 on eBay and was happy to get it for that price.

Lovely, isn't it?

And then I heard of a needlework shop closing in the Washington, D.C. area. I believe the lady who runs the shop also designed a few pieces (under the name Merry Designs). So I had to buy her Day Lily design before it becomes unavailable. I saw it in person at a needlework exhibit a year ago, and it was striking.

Well, so much for staying on the Wagon...!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Peace, without an "I"?

This is a beautiful piece. I admire all the work that must have gone into designing it, and I realize the dedication it would take to complete this piece. But... I am aware that many historic alphabet samplers do not include the letter "J." But I have never heard of anyone omitting the letter "I." I wonder why the designer did it? Any ideas?