Today I have a sampler that has a special place in my heart and my home, The Enchanted Alphabet from Told in a Garden.
This is a large piece - about 25" X 10"- framed. I stitched it at least 17 years ago and used a pale blue evenweave as the background for the DMC flosses. It was a sampler I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. The child with the head of blond curls reminded me of my youngest child when he was a toddler. As odd as it may seem, my son, who's ethnic background is Italian, German, Catalan and Chinese, had blond curls until he was around 5.
And this same son brought me to tears over this sampler. Of course it was a long term project and I was so happy when I finally got it framed. The leash from the child to the bunny is a tiny satin ribbon and is attached at the child's hand and the bunny's neck. My son who has Asperger's syndrome has always been inquisitive and had great fine motor skills. The sampler was sitting on the table in the dining room. Somehow he climbed up and untied the ribbon from the bunny. When I saw it I had no idea how I would fix this without completely taking the piece out of the frame and I was quite upset. After a day I decided to attempt to thread the ribbon and try to poke it back through. It took quite a few tries but I got it attached and had just enough slack to tie the bow. I quickly hung it in my bedroom over my bed and out of his reach and I get to enjoy it every day.
On Thursday and Friday I attended the International Quilt Festival in my fair city, Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a wonderful show and I got a little of this and a little of that. In addition to all the quilting paraphernalia there were 2 vendors selling cross stitch - Keepsakes, a shop in Sharonville a suburb of Cincinnati where I live, and Rosewood Manor. I'll take some pics of the 3 pieces I bought and post them later this week. I left a chunk of change at the show and even picked up a little something for a giveaway,as my blog anniversary is coming up in May. I was too busy shopping and looking and talking to take any pictures but if you search the web I've seen several blogs with some lovely photographs.
Well it is a lovely day here today and I'm planning a nice Italian dinner for my boys, along with catching up on the laundry. Hopefully I can reward myself this evening with some stitching. Have a great week!