I have a collection of antique needlework samplers, if you consider two a collection, and both were given to me by my mother. The one pictured is from 1838, and I believe the other is even earlier. An 8-year-old named Mehitable Frances Stevens in Newport, New Hampshire probably used red thread in the middle which is why it looks like it’s missing. Upon closer inspection you can see the lettering and the threads, but they are faded to near translucence.
A blogging buddy, Averyclaire, just finished a cross-stitch project that is stunning. So naturally I went looking through my stash of fabrics and patterns for cross-stitch and didn’t like what I had. Then I remembered a dress I bought at a thrift shop (for a song), which came with 10 shell buttons. Because it’s a 3X, it has yards of beautiful 48 count pure linen, all screaming to be tea dyed and worked into new projects.
As anyone who regularly reads my blogs will attest, I am as malleable as butter when it comes to enthusiasm for a particular craft. All I need to do is read about someone’s current project, and I want to do it too.
That’s why I’m currently working on Socks 6.0, a textile alphabet book, a Halloween cross-stitch (by Drawn Threads), several Halloween ATC’s I’ll be posting soon, and some bat dolls. I’m nothing if not versatile.
And speaking of versatile, Northern Narratives just nominated me as a Versatile Blogger. I am honored, but I’m not sure what that means. It has, however, motivated me to create a badge for an award I would like to give out. I’m working on the badge and have been reading frequently to see who might be my first recipient. I’m assuming you don’t need a license or title or even permission to award such a distinction, but rather this is all for fun, and a nice way to compliment bloggers for their efforts. Maybe it will go to YOU!