Itch to Stitch 102 is in the post
Such a lot has happened since I last wrote – sadly we have lost our lovely dog Bumble – He dies peacefully on 19th August ( he was 14 years and two days old) This is the first time in over twenty years that I do not have the company of a dog and I must admit this big house does seem empty. I am not making a decision about another dog until the spring – after our holiday and the spring shows…. I cannot replace Bumble so I just do not know……….
Bumble in 2012
We have posted your next issue of Itch to Stitch- this time it is 52 pages of good stuff. I hope you like it. There will be one more magazine before the close of the year.
Home Sweet Home
I have had a bit of flack from a few to say that I have not been including enough pure cross stitch in your magazines so I have listened and included this traditional sampler this time. You can stitch this on aida fabric or on linen and we do have a materials pack for you if you difficulty find what you need
This very decorative project has been inspired by the Elizabethan examples seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and by early English versions held at the De Witt Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. These highly decorated bags were commonly carried by both men and woman, sometimes holding petals and herbs to ward of insects and disease. Sometimes the purse would hold a matching book of prayer or similar. It is known that Queen Elizabeth 1st was given many such purses with gold coins or other gifts inside, always elaborately decorated with stitching, gold threads and beads. Antique examples of these beautiful bags are very collectable indeed and fetch considerable amounts at auction.
My version is stitched on a piece of linen band and then made up by hand. I have added a scissor keep/pincushion embellished by an antique pair pf scissors. The kit includes 28-count linen band, Cashel 28-count unbleached linen, gold plated needles, vintage glass beads, gold metallic thread, pre-sorted threads, chart and fully illustrated instructions.
Date posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014