I had a little "family reunion" of sorts last week when my distributor, Ruth Schmuff, sent me a box containing some of my older stitched models. These guys have logged many a mile on the trunk show circuit, as well as quite a bit of time in Ruth's shop, Bedecked & Beadazzled. I haven't seen these in person since I finished stitching them, years ago now. It's nice to have them back to get reacquainted!
These two are from my earliest set of Halloween designs, a collection of teardrop ornaments, stars and topiary trees. Both pieces were finished by Marlene's, whose idea it was to make the Jack o' Lantern star into a magic wand. It came out so cute!
My Halloween series right after this was a set of three Victorian-style candy cones. This one is the "Witch's Accessories" cone, featuring her fancy red shoes. Loading it up with selections from my Halloween doo-dad collection was lots of fun!
I stayed with the witch theme in my next collection, which merged Halloween with my interest in stitching accessories. The witch hat shape is such a natural choice for a scissor case. This was also the first time I ever tried the technique of Basketweave Beading and I was very pleased with the way the little Jack o'Lantern motif came out. I made the little witch scissor fob as well to round out the set.
Now for something different, this checkbook cover is called Floating Flowers. This was designed for and published in Spool magazine, which is, sadly, no longer published which is a shame as it was a great magazine that appealed to every kind of stitcher. The canvas and stitch guide however, are still available.
Finally, this early Christmas Tree Forest canvas takes me way back to my very first collection! This one was one of my very first stitched and finished models. I was sequin-crazy back then, the embellishment pack for this very small design has almost 30 sequins and beads of various sizes and shapes.
Hope you have enjoyed this little trip down my memory lane! Thanks for looking and have a great weekend with plenty of stitching time!