I'm still pondering my choices, especially after discovering that Frances Eden, upon which I have been diligently stitching, is 90 degrees off--meaning the pattern's WIDE instead of LONG, which I full well knew, and I was stitching on a piece of fabric held vertically instead of horizontally. Not the first time I've done that...sigh. Fortunately, the fabric is long enough where I can just chop off the offending portion. Picture me taking the big Gingher dressmaking shears to it, cackling wildly. Or maybe weeping.
In spite of the hovering in the wings of Christmas at HRH and the two Plum Street Samplers charts that I must have as soon as they're released--Garden of Eerie and Paradise Lost--and heaven only knows what else that will come from Market, this is what I'd like to stitch as my replacement for Alphabetissimo: English Whitework Sampler by the Needle's Prayse. It calls for Perle Cotton #12, which I have, and special Denetelle tatting thread in 80, which is possibly available from Traditional Stitches in Canada. DMC makes a tatting thread as well, which is available from Joann's. I'm going to pop over to Michaels later to see if they stock tatting thread. In the meantime, a little imp is wondering if I can substitute some kind of silk. What fun it is to kit this up! (Probably more fun to kit than to stitch.)
This is the Victoria Sampler White Christmas Sampler, which I have around here somewhere, completely kitted up. Who knows where it is, though, so it's on hold until I can comb through a few closets. Pathetic. Truly I am an organizational flake.
I have started this--it's the Heirloom Wedding Sampler by The Victoria Sampler. I call it the Heirloom Cohabitation Sampler since we have no immediate plans to be married in spite of (or because of) 15 mostly blissful years of living together.
The heart looks cattywampus here because the fabric is not in a q-snap and it's a little creased. I'm debating whether I like the 28 ct platinum cashel that the pattern calls for, or if I want to re-do it on a very pretty cut of 32 Picture This Plus in a gorgeous ocean blue. Or on something creamier. The platinum cashel is a tad greenish IRL.
Speaking of Whitework, here is Pink, acting in his capacity as guard-bun.
Happy week ahead, all!