A round up post of what I stitched last year would be deadly dull (multiple bands of Jane Turner plus two starts). And a what-I-plan-to-stitch-this-year post would be only moderately more interesting (finish Jane, finish those other two, then pick one from the three or four at the top of my list). Showing off my new goodies seems like a good alternative.
Wonderful Husband gifted me with two good sized projects for Christmas. Seems selecting large or long-term projects is his forte - he also chose Jane. First he gave me the chart and silks for True Wisdom from Examplar Dames. I’ve been wanting to try a Quaker style sampler and think this is lovely.
And then he completely surprised me. I love the unicorn tapestries from the Middle Ages, both the Lady and the Unicorn series and the Hunt of the Unicorn. Our very first Christmas together, he surprised me with this - he built the frame and gave it to me ready to hang, and it's been on the wall in our home ever since. He had planned to frame a similar museum show poster of the Unicorn in Captivity but never got around to it.
So what was it he surprised me with this time? Also under the tree was a chart (um, *booklet*) of the Unicorn in Captivity from Scarlet Quince. Who knew there was such a thing? At 285w x 404h this is NOT small.
And, oh yeah, it’s solid coverage - see that little grid in the lower left? Eep!
I went through every bit of my linen stash and discovered that I had nothing large enough for either project. Good thing the Silver Needle’s New Year’s Eve sale was coming up, right?
I had made it all the way through 2017 essentially without buying stitch stash. I allowed myself to buy threads, but that’s all since the previous NYE sale. Just thread. Really. So even though there’s virtually no chance I’ll get to them this year, I did order a couple of charts.
I got fabric for both of the very large projects – 40 count for True Wisdom and 36 count for the unicorn.
The impossible-to-resist, just had-to-have-‘em charts.
And of course I had to buy more threads. One each of all the new DMC colors…
… plus another card of my favorite GAST green (forest glade), and a few other overdyed cottons because they looked so pretty.
I will now return to my regularly-scheduled stitching of Jane Turner.
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